Summer Reading? Review a Book for SNR!
Have you recently read a book that would be of interest to the IASNR community? Are you interested in discovering new books?
We invite you to consider writing a short review for SNR. Book reviews are generally less than 1000 words, and the format is flexible – we love creative submissions!
Reviews should be written by scholars or practitioners holding a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in a related field, and without biases or conflicts of interest with respect to the subject of the review.
Currently we have books/media available for review on topics such as the Anthropocene and extractivism (see list below). If there’s a book you’d like to review, please get in touch and we can organise a copy for you.
Summer Reading Books for SNR
1 – Our Extractive Age: Expressions of Violence and Resistance, Edited by Judith Shapiro and John-Andrew McNeish.
Our Extractive Age: Expressions of Violence and Resistance emphasizes how the spectrum of violence associated with natural resource extraction permeates contemporary collective life.
2 – Feral Atlas invites you to navigate the land-, sea-, and airscapes of the Anthropocene. It is not a book – it is a virtual collection of maps, essays, illustrations, sounds, poems and much more!
Feral Atlas offers a series of reports on feral ecologies through a digital architecture that allows reflection on the relationships between ferality and imperial and industrial infrastructure. Rather than taking users directly to particular infrastructures (roads, dams, etc.), we offer three axes of analysis intended to guide users in thinking with infrastructure. We call these three axes Anthropocene Detonators, Tippers (modes of infrastructure-mediated state change), and Feral Qualities.
“Wonder in the midst of dread: Feral Atlas tells honest stories of the environmental mess we have made without allowing users to sink into terror or paralysis. After you have had a chance to move around this site, you’ll see feral effects everywhere you go—and perhaps, too, you’ll have a new way to address them.”
3 – Changing Senses of Place: Navigating Global Challenges (NOTE: release date in October 2021), Edited by Christopher M. Raymond, University of Helsinki, Finland, Lynne C. Manzo, University of Washington, Seattle, Daniel R. Williams, USDA Forest Service, Colorado, Andrés Di Masso, Universitat de Barcelona, Timo von Wirth, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.
Global challenges ranging from climate change and ecological regime shifts to refugee crises and post-national territorial claims are rapidly moving ecosystem thresholds and altering the social fabric of societies worldwide. This book addresses the vital question of how to navigate the contested forces of stability and change in a world shaped by multiple interconnected global challenges. It proposes that senses of place is a vital concept for supporting individual and social processes for navigating these contested forces and encourages scholars to rethink how to theorise and conceptualise changes in senses of place in the face of global challenges. It also makes the case that our concepts of sense of place need to be revisited, given that our experiences of place are changing. This book is essential reading for those seeking a new understanding of the multiple and shifting experiences of place.
4 – Practices in Social Ecological Research: Interdisciplinary collaboration in ‘adaptive doing’, Authors: Rawluk, A., Beilin, R., Bender, H., Ford, R.
Aimed at those at the forefront of social ecological thinking, this book presents a practice-oriented process to navigate the complex, interdisciplinary challenges of our time. The book brings together insights from the social sciences and beyond to introduce readers to ‘adaptive doing’ – a continuous and iterative process of experiential learning that provides an accessible structure and process for integrating a range of knowledge and practices. As part of the ‘adaptive doing’ learning cycle, the authors argue for a common platform, symbolically called ‘the agora’, where multiple ways of understanding can be discussed. In this space, participants can work from practice and narratives, toward meaning, knowledge formation and practice change.