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Anthropological Perspectives on Ignoring Nature

Anthropological Perspectives on Ignoring Nature

Chapter:
(p.205) 15 Anthropological Perspectives on Ignoring Nature
Source:
Ignoring Nature No More
Author(s):
Barbara J. King
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226925363.003.0015

This chapter argues that humans became human through their interaction with other animals. Knowledge of this fact provides a new way of thinking about our responsibilities to help our ailing environment. It further argues that an evolutionary perspective on the Anthropocene is only helpful when coupled with action. It suggests some ways to help, including making a difference for animals in one's local environment and supporting conservation organizations that fund jobs for local people.

Keywords:   conservation, human–animal interaction, Anthropocene, anthropology

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