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Ways to help and ways to hinder: Climate, health, and food security in Alaska


2010 2010

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This dissertation explores various ecological, socioeconomic, sociopolitical, and biophysical dimensions food security in Alaska. The context for this work is dramatic climatic change and ongoing demographic, socioeconomic and cultural transitions in Alaska's rural and urban communities. The unifying focus of the papers included here are human health. I provide multiple perspectives on how human health relates to community and ecosystem health, and of the roles of managers, policy makers, and researchers can play in supporting positive health outcomes. Topics include methylmercury (MeHg) contamination of wild fish, the impacts of changes to Alaskan landscapes and seascapes on subsistence and commercial activities, and on ways to design sustainable natural resource policies and co-management regimes such that they mimic natural systems. The operating premise of this work is that sustainability is ostensibly a matter of human health; the finding is that human health can provide a powerful point of integration for social and ecological sustainability research.

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Subject
Cultural anthropology;
Environmental Health;
Public health;
Sustainability;
Native American studies
Classification
0326: Cultural anthropology
0470: Environmental Health
0573: Public health
0640: Sustainability
0740: Native American studies
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; Alaska Native; Climate; Food security; Health; Sustainability
Title
Ways to help and ways to hinder: Climate, health, and food security in Alaska
Author
Loring, Philip A.
Number of pages
225
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0006
Source
DAI-A 71/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124214269
Advisor
Gerlach, Craig
University/institution
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University location
United States -- Alaska
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3421514
ProQuest document ID
751291676
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/751291676
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