Spring 2018

Critical Investigations of Resilience: A Brief Introduction to Indigenous Environmental Studies & Sciences

Author
Kyle Whyte
Abstract
Indigenous peoples are among the most active environmentalists in the world, working through advocacy, educational programs, and research. The emerging field of Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences (IESS) is distinctive, investigating social resilience to environmental change through the research lens of how moral relationships are organized in societies. Kyle Whyte examines IESS research across three of these moral relationships–responsibility, spirituality, and justice–and argues that IESS can support Indigenous peoples’ struggles with environmental justice and political reconciliation; make significant contributions to global discussions about the relationship between human behavior and the environment; and speak directly to Indigenous liberation as well as justice issues that impact everyone.
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