Introduction: Current Directions in Australian Anthropologies of the Environment

Jane Mulcock, C. Pocock, Yann Toussaint

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Environmental anthropology is an expanding field in Australia. Extensive researchon Aboriginal relationships to land and natural resources has provided thefoundation for growing anthropological interest in the interactions of otherAustralians with the biophysical environments they inhabit. Australian-basedanthropologists also continue to contribute to research on environmental beliefsand practices in other parts of the world. This paper provides a brief overview ofpreviously explored themes in this field as a precursor to introducing new researchand proposing additional areas of research. It is suggested that these could beusefully developed to enhance anthropological contributions to debates aboutenvironmental change in Australia and surrounding regions. We argue that thereare roles for anthropologists as 'cultural translators' in cross-disciplinaryengagements with environmental scientists and natural resource managers; ascultural theorists skilled at documenting and interpreting changing environmentalattitudes; and as environmental advocates pursuing the knowledge needed to createmore ecologically sustainable human communities. We also suggest thatAustralian anthropologies of the environment can make valuable theoretical andethnographic contributions to this important intemational field of study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-293
JournalThe Australian Journal of Anthropology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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