BOOKS RECEIVED: Hakansson and Widgren, eds., “Landesque Capital: The Historical Ecology of Enduring Landscape Modifications” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
This book is the first comprehensive, global treatment of landesque capital, a widespread concept used to understand anthropogenic landscapes that serve important economic, social, and ritual purposes. Spanning the disciplines of anthropology, human ecology, geography, archaeology, and history, chapters combine… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Paula L. W. Sabloff, “Does Everyone Want Democracy?: Insights from Mongolia” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
Do all people desire democracy? For at least a century, the idea that democracy is a universal good has been an article of faith for American policy makers. Paula Sabloff challenges this conventional wisdom about who wants democracy and why.… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Stephen Rostain, “Islands in the Rainforest: Landscape Management in Pre-Columbian Amazonia” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
Stephen Rostain’s book is a culmination of 25 years of research on the extensive human modification of the wetlands environment of Guiana and how it reshapes our thinking of ancient settlement in lowland South America and other tropical zones. Rostain… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Arthur Asa Berger, “Understanding American Icons: An Introduction to Semiotics” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
This brief, student-friendly introduction to the study of semiotics uses examples from 25 iconic locations in the United States. From Coney Island to Las Vegas, the World Trade Center to the Grand Canyon, Berger shows how semiotics offers a different… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Hilary Orange, “Reanimating Industrial Spaces: Conducting Memory Work in Post-Industrial Spaces” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
Reanimating Industrial Spaces explores the relationships between people and the places of former industry through approaches that incorporate and critique memory-work. The chapters in this volume consider four broad questions: What is the relationship between industrial heritage and memory? How… Read More
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