Swamplife: People, Gators, and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades

Swamplife: People, Gators, and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades

Laura A. Ogden / Feb 28, 2020
Swamplife People Gators and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades Little in North America is wilder than the Florida Everglades a landscape of frightening reptiles exotic plants in profusion swarms of mosquitoes and unforgiving heat And yet even from the early d
  • Title: Swamplife: People, Gators, and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades
  • Author: Laura A. Ogden
  • ISBN: 9780816670277
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • Little in North America is wilder than the Florida Everglades a landscape of frightening reptiles, exotic plants in profusion, swarms of mosquitoes, and unforgiving heat And yet, even from the early days of taming the wilderness with clearing and drainage, the Everglades has been considered fragile, unique, and in need of restorative interventions Drawing on a decade ofLittle in North America is wilder than the Florida Everglades a landscape of frightening reptiles, exotic plants in profusion, swarms of mosquitoes, and unforgiving heat And yet, even from the early days of taming the wilderness with clearing and drainage, the Everglades has been considered fragile, unique, and in need of restorative interventions Drawing on a decade of fieldwork with hunters in the Everglades, Laura A Ogden explores the lives and labors of people, animals, and plants in this most delicate and tenacious ecosystem.Today, the many visions of the Everglades protectionist, ecological, commercial, historical have become a tangled web of contradictory practices and politics for conservation and for development Yet within this entanglement, the place of people remains highly ambivalent It is the role of people in the Everglades that interests Ogden, as she seeks to reclaim the landscape s long history as a place of human activity and, in doing so, discover what it means to be human through changing relations with other animals and plant life.Ogden tells this story through the lives of poor rural whites, gladesmen, epitomized in tales of the Everglades most famous outlaws, the Ashley Gang With such legends and lore on one side, and outsized efforts at drainage and development on the other, Swamplife strikes a rare balance, offering a unique insight into the hidden life of the Everglades and into how an appreciation of oppositional culture and social class operates in our understanding of wilderness in the United States.
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    1. What I appreciate about this is how well Ogden explains herself I noticed some reviewers complained of academic b.s which I tend to loathe as well, but I really felt she does a good job explaining theory and not harping on it overly much It s an interesting story, as the histories of national parks often are, and it focuses on a fascinating ecology and history Americans are often so oblivious to the notion that national parks are not these sites of pristine, untouched wilderness, so it s an impo [...]


    2. Way too academic Stylistically, she spends a lot of time describing what she is going to do and how she is doing something as opposed to telling a good story and weaving her ethnographic analysis through it.


    3. This book is admittedly not for the faint of heart, given the abundance of theory presented and the volume of academic language Ogden uses However, for those willing to brave these waters, the work OVERFLOWS with thought provoking ideas regarding the conceptualization of nature in the Florida Everglades Ogden is a well respected anthropologist in south Florida with deep personal ties to the landscape she writes so eloquently about She skillfully tackles questions and thoughts that throughout the [...]


    4. An amazing and insightful book that, unfortunately, tends to be written in an academic style that makes it difficult to digest Laura Ogden is the daughter of one of Florida s top ornithologists and a keen eyed anthropologist in her own right She grew up amid the Gladesmen who inhabited the River of Grass before it became national park, and she absorbed their lessons and then spent another decade of fieldwork collecting their stories and putting them into a broader context In this book she tells [...]


    5. This was a good book to read for my Cultural Anth class because it stimulated a lot of interesting discussion I really liked reading about alligators and the Everglades because it felt really tangible and at least somewhat relevant to my life it was relatable than some of the other ethnographies I ve read I also really enjoyed reading about the history of the Everglades and the Ashley Gang, that added a lot of interesting information that helped give the book some substance What I didn t like [...]



    6. Read for Environmental Theory Class Really love the way the author set the whole book up with a story background and the rhizomatic set up.


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