Environmental Anthropology

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-235 | Moodle

Faculty: Caterina Scaramelli (Section 01)

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This course guide provides resources for the written assignments (annotated bibliography and research paper) for your class.

 We will be referring to the following for Thursday's class:

Bizup, Joseph. "BEAM: A rhetorical vocabulary for teaching research-based writing." Rhetoric Review 27, no. 1 (2008): 72-86.

Hunter College Libraries: How to Use a Source: The BEAM Method

Walley, Christine J. "They scorn us because we are uneducated': Knowledge and power in a Tanzanian marine park." Ethnography 3, no. 3 (2002): 265-298


Please contact Dawn if you need assistance with using any of the resources listed on this guide. 


    Amherst College has two catalogs: 

    • The Books and Media catalog has books, film and music owned by the Five Colleges.
    • The Search Everything catalog also includes journal articles in its search.


      The following journals are the types of publications which will have articles about your topics. You can browse a journal to see what topics are being written about by anthropologists and other researchers. If you already have a topic, searching a database (See Databases tab) is a more efficient way to search. 

      The library has access to many more journals besides the ones listsed below. To find other journals, go to the Articles & Journals tab (on Homepage), then type in the box labeled "Search for Journal Titles". You can also use this direct link: https://www.amherst.edu/library/#library_journals .

      • American Ethnologist
        "American Ethnologist is concerned with ethnology in the term’s broadest sense. Articles published in the journal explore connections between ethnographic specificity and theoretical originality, and convey the relevance of the ethnographic imagination to the contemporary world".
      • Conservation & Society
        "An interdisciplinary journal exploring linkages between society, environment and development".
      • Cultural Anthropology
        "Cultural Anthropology publishes ethnographic writing informed by a wide array of theoretical perspectives, innovative in form and content, and focused on both traditional and emerging topics. It also welcomes essays concerned with theoretical issues, with ethnographic methods and research design in historical perspective, and with ways cultural analysis can address broader public audiences and interests".
      • Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment
        "Central to the mission of CAFE is work that explores and demonstrates the connections between the full array of cultural dimensions and the environment, ecology, agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, natural resources, energy, water, food, and nutrition".
      • Environmental Conservation
        "The journal's scope is very broad, including issues in human institutions, ecosystem change, resource utilisation, terrestrial biomes, aquatic systems, and coastal and land use management".
      • Environmental History
        "This interdisciplinary journal addresses issues relating to human interactions with the natural world over time, and includes insights from history, geography, anthropology, the natural sciences, and many other disciplines".
      • Ethnography
        "An international and interdisciplinary journal addressing ethnographic findings and methods it bridges the chasm between sociology and anthropology promoting a pragmatic fusion of close-up observation, rigorous theory and social critique. It re-engages field-based research with theoretical sensibility representing how ethnography is actually practiced and written".
      • Human Ecology
        " An interdisciplinary journal publishing papers probing the complex and varied systems of interaction between people and their environment. Contributions examine the roles of social, cultural, and psychological factors in the maintenance or disruption of ecosystems and investigate the effects of population density on health, social organization, and environmental quality".
      • Journal of Ecological Anthropology
        "Subject areas include, but are not limited to, historical ecology, anthropology of development and conservation, evolution of human ecosystems, indigenous and local knowledge, ethnoecology, ecology of health, wellness, and nutrition, environmental change, resources management, multi-species relations, anthropology of food and agriculture, nature and society, political ecology, socio-ecological systems, paleoecology, complex systems, primate socioecology, and information ecology".
      • Journal of Ethnobiology
        "Research areas published in JoE include but are not limited to paleoethnobotany, zooarchaeology, ethnobotany, ethnozoology, ethnoecology, linguistic ethnobiology, and other related fields of study within anthropology and biology".
      • Journal of Human Ecology
        "The transdisciplinary areas covered by Human Ecology include, but are not limited to, Anthropology (Physical/Biological, Social/Cultural), Sociology, Geography, Life Sciences, Forensic Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Botany, Agriculture, Home Science, Zoology, Genetics, Biology, Medical Sciences, Public Health, Demography along with their relationship interfaces".
      • Land Degradation & Development
        "an international journal which seeks to promote rational study of the recognition, monitoring, control and rehabilitation of degradation in terrestrial environments".


      Databases are tools which allow you to search for a topic across a wide body of academic documents, such as journal and newspaper articles, book chapters, and dissertations.

      Try these databases first to find supporting evidence for your topic.

      • Anthropological Index Online
        The Anthropological Index Online (AIO) is a comprehensive, user-friendly online bibliography of anthropology-related journals held in the Anthropology Library and Research Centre at the British Museum, London.

      Citing Sources

      Citing your sources is a vital part of the research process. Citations allow readers of your work to follow in your steps, and citing demonstrates that you are conversant with the existing literature about your topic. Different fields rely on different citation styles.

      The American Anthropological Association follows the 16th edition of the Chicago Style. The official guide for this style can be found below.

      • Zotero
        A free application that collects, manages, and formats citations and bibliographies. Zotero also helps organize your research by allowing you to attach PDFs, notes, and images to your references.