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Varia Historia

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LEFF, Enrique. Rich seams and perspectives in latin american environmental history: an epistemological and metodological view. Varia hist. [online]. 2005, vol.21, n.33, pp. 17-31. ISSN 0104-8775.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-87752005000100002.

This article discusses the need to make an epistemological separation that establishes the very field of an environmental history, including a collection of methods for the approach to different processes, such as economic, ecological, and cultural rationalities of the usage of nature, as well as the rescue of traditional knowledge and practices from different cultures about their ecological surroundings. Three issues are discussed in the study of environmental history: the epistemological history of environmental complexity, the hermeneutics of narratives on society- nature relationship, the construction of identities, and the social transformations induced by the environmental movement.

Keywords : Environmental history; political epistemology; "Environment" concept; environmental reasonability; sustainable future.

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