Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People: Colonialism, Nature, and Social Action

Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People: Colonialism, Nature, and Social Action

by Kari Marie Norgaard


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Finalist for the 2020 C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems

Since time before memory, large numbers of salmon have made their way up and down the Klamath River. Indigenous management enabled the ecological abundance that formed the basis of capitalist wealth across North America. These activities on the landscape continue today, although they are often the site of intense political struggle. Not only has the magnitude of Native American genocide been of remarkable little sociological focus, the fact that this genocide has been coupled with a reorganization of the natural world represents a substantial theoretical void. Whereas much attention has (rightfully) focused on the structuring of capitalism, racism and patriarchy, few sociologists have attended to the ongoing process of North American colonialism. Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People draws upon nearly two decades of examples and insight from Karuk experiences on the Klamath River to illustrate how the ecological dynamics of settler-colonialism are essential for theorizing gender, race and social power today. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813584195
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 09/13/2019
Series: Nature, Society, and Culture Series
Edition description: None
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 408,689
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

DR. KARI MARIE NORGAARD (non-Native Professor of Sociology/Environmental Studies at University of Oregon) has engaged in environmental justice policy work with the Karuk Tribe since 2003. Norgaard is author of Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life and other publications on gender, race, and the sociology of emotions. 

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Mutual Constructions of Race and Nature on the Klamath 25

2 Ecological Dynamics of Settler-Colonialism: Smokey Bear and Fire Suppression as Colonial Violence 72

3 Research as Resistance: Food, Relationships, and the Links between Environmental and Human Health 129

4 Environmental Decline and Changing Gender Practices: What Happens to Karuk Gender Practices When There Are No Fish or Acorns? 165

5 Emotions of Environmental Decline: Karuk Cosmologies, Emotions, and Environmental Justice 198

Conclusion: Climate Change as a Strategic Opportunity? 223

Methodological Appendix 241

Acknowledgments 245

Notes 249

Works Cited 257

Index 283

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