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Edges, Fringes, Frontiers
Integral Ecology, Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainability in Guyana
Thomas B. Henfrey
270 pages, 6 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-988-2 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (September 2018)
eISBN 978-1-78533-989-9 eBook
“Henfrey offers a complex and creative way to rethink the climate crisis, with a sharp critique of dominant, Western shaped approaches, emerging from his ethnographic material, and guided by a complicated and nuanced theoretical framework… Overall, this book provides a new way to explore our environmental crisis and fundamentally rethink [our] understanding of, characterization of and engagement with our natural environment.” • Anthropos
Based on an ethnographic account of subsistence use of Amazonian forests by Wapishana people in Guyana, Edges, Frontiers, Fringes examines the social, cultural and behavioral bases for sustainability and resilience in indigenous resource use. Developing an original framework for holistic analysis, it demonstrates that flexible interplay among multiple modes of environmental understanding and decision-making allows the Wapishana to navigate socio-ecological complexity successfully in ways that reconcile short-term material needs with long-term maintenance and enhancement of the resource base.
Thomas Henfrey is Senior Research Fellow at the Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems and a collaborator at the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Change at Lisbon University. His previous publications include Wapishana Ethnoecology, Permaculture and Climate Change Adaptation and the edited volume Resilience, Community Action and Societal Transformation.