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Paige West is an anthropologist at Barnard College whose research interests include sustainable development and political ecology. She has written about the linkages between environmental conservation and international development, the material and symbolic ways in which the natural world is understood and produced, the aesthetics and poetics of human social relations with nature, and the creation of commodities and practices of consumption. West’s most recent book is From Modern Production to Imagined Primitive: The Social World of Coffee from Papua New Guinea (2012, Duke University Press).
West’s lecture at Temple is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities. It is also part of the center’s season-long Environmental Humanities series.
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