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Sentient Ecologies: Xenophobic Imaginaries of Landscape

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Volume 31

Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology

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Sentient Ecologies

Xenophobic Imaginaries of Landscape

Edited by Alexandra Coțofană and Hikmet Kuran

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288 pages, 15 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-662-7 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (November 2022)

ISBN  978-1-80539-752-6 $19.95/£15.95 / Pb / Not Yet Published (February 2025)

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“Enriched by contributions focused on different regions and blending historiographic, ethnographic and media materials, Coțofană and Kuran’s volume is a much-needed reminder about the troublesome connections linking theories of environmental sentience, landscape representations, and nationalism.” • Piergiorgio Di Giminiani, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

“This is a timely book that tackles some of the most divisive dynamics contemporary liberal democratic societies across the world are grappling with. It looks at exclusionary, xenophobic, and reactionary ideas and practices by focusing on the ways people engage with their natural surroundings.” • Annika Lems, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology


Employing methodological perspectives from the fields of political geography, environmental studies, anthropology, and their cognate disciplines, this volume explores alternative logics of sentient landscapes as racist, xenophobic, and right-wing. While the field of sentient landscapes has gained critical attention, the literature rarely seems to question the intentionality of sentient landscapes, which are often romanticized as pure, good, and just, and perceived as protectors of those who are powerless, indigenous, and colonized. The book takes a new stance on sentient landscapes with the intention of dispelling the denial of “coevalness” represented by their scholarly romanticization.

Alexandra Coțofană is Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at Zayed University Abu Dhabi. Her publications include Religion and Magic in Socialist and Post-Socialist Contexts, in two volumes (2017, Columbia University Press, with James N. Nyce).

Hikmet Kuran is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Fine Arts, Department of City and Regional Planning at Cappadocia University in Turkey.

Subject: Environmental Studies (General)Political and Economic AnthropologySociology

Sentient Ecologies Edited by Alexandra Coțofană and Hikmet Kuran is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from Knowledge Unlatched.

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OA ISBN: 978-1-80073-766-2


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