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We live in an era marked by an accelerating rate of species death, but since the early days of the discipline, anthropology has contemplated the death of languages, cultural groups, and ways of life. The essays in this collection examine processes of-and our understanding of-extinction across various domains. The contributors argue that extinction events can be catalysts for new cultural, social, environmental, and technological developments-that extinction processes can, paradoxically, be productive as well as destructive. The essays consider a number of widely publicized cases: island species in the Galápagos and Madagascar; the death of Native American languages; ethnic minorities under pressure to assimilate in China; cloning as a form of species regeneration; and the tiny hominid Homo floresiensis fossils ("hobbits") recently identified in Indonesia. The Anthropology of Extinction offers compelling explorations of issues of widespread concern.

Editor: Sodikoff, Genese Marie
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Illustration: n
Language: ENG
Title: The Anthropology of Extinction: Essays on Culture and Species Death
Pages: 00256 (Encrypted EPUB)
On Sale: 2011-12-08
SKU-13/ISBN: 9780253357137
Lib Category: Extinction (Biology)
Lib Category: Anthropological linguistics
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines : Linguistics - General
Category: Science : Life Sciences - Ecology
Category: Social Science : Anthropology - General



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