Current Issue: Volume 38, Issue 2:

Entanglements of Reciprocal Relations

We borrow our title from James Verinis’ review, this issue, of Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing’s book, The Mushroom at the End of the World. This collection of articles highlights relationship (as idea and as lived reality) from different perspectives and in transition.

One set of contributions invites us to explore emergent ideas about the concept of relationship as an organizing principle for the natural world, humans included. These pieces provide us with historical perspective on changing paradigms in science, research, culture, and politics, and ask us to imagine the world—and act in it—in ways that go beyond binary, mechanistic, and hierarchical modes of thought, focusing instead on relations of co-creation across species, things, and ideas. Another set of articles carefully traces the multi-scale webs of relationship that condition food security and production, cross-generational and border transitions, and species conservation. They, too, challenge the reader to understand problems often posed in binary oppositions (e.g., socioeconomic isolation vs. integration, production vs. conservation) through new formulations.


Entanglements of Reciprocal Relations
// Stephanie Paladino and Brandi Janssen

From “Genetic Resources” to “Ecosystems Services”: A Century of Science and Global Policies for Crop Diversity Conservation
//Marianna Fenzi and Christophe Bonneuil

How Religion, Race, and the Weedy Agency of Plants Shape Amazonian Home Gardens
// Nicholas C. Kawa

A Semi-Autonomous Mexican Peasant Community and Globalization: The Role of the Cacique (Broker) in Maintaining Traditional Agroecology
// Jean Gilruth-Rivera

Borders Out of Register: Edge Effects in the U.S.–Mexico Foodshed
// Laurel Bellante and Gary Paul Nabhan

Shrimp Aquaculture, Social Capital, and Food Security in Rural Vietnam
// Jessie K. Fly

Research Report
Bringing Farmer Knowledge and Learning into Agricultural Research: How Agricultural Anthropologists Transformed Strategic Research at the International Rice Research Institute
// Lisa Leimar Price and Florencia G. Palis

Book Review
The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins (Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing)
// Reviewed by James P. Verinis

Edited by: Stephanie Paladino and Brandi Janssen
Print ISSN: 1048-4876
Online ISSN: 1556-486X
Frequency: Bi-annual

CULTURE, AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT publishes position papers, discussions of theoretical developments and methods of inquiry, results of empirical research, and book and film reviews from any tradition of scholarship. Central to the mission of CAFE is work that explores and demonstrates the connections between the full array of cultural dimensions and the environment, ecology, agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, natural resources, energy, water, food, and nutrition.

CAFE also welcomes contributions on matters related to sustainability and biodiversity. Dialogue between scholars, activists, and others interested in these matters is encouraged. CULTURE, AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT has an interdisciplinary readership among anthropologists and archaeologists, as well as researchers and practitioners in related fields including sociology, agricultural economics, food studies, policy sciences, and diverse branches of farming and natural resources management.

CAFE is published two times a year by the Culture and Agriculture Section of the American Anthropological Association, and is a benefit of membership. It may also be obtained by subscription. Inquiries concerning memberships or checks for subscriptions should be directed to:

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CAFE publishes full research articles (up to 6500 words, including references); brief research commentaries, technical reports, review essays, and grassroots profiles (3500 words with minimal references included); and book, film, and teaching resource reviews (about 1500 words). CAFE is indexed on Scopus as well as the CARL Uncover database.

Submissions and Inquiries should be sent electronically to:
Stephanie Paladino and Brandi Janssen, Co-Editors                                             [email protected]
University of Iowa
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Iowa City IA, 52242

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The title page should include the title, author(s) name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and full contact information, including current mailing and electronic addresses. In the event of multiple authors, please indicate the lead contact for correspondence. Please include a two-sentence, biographic statement regarding each author’s disciplinary and institutional affiliations and areas of specialization.

Manuscript Form:
For all submissions other than book and film reviews, please include an abstract of 100–150 words, summarizing the essential points. The abstract should end with a bracketed list of 5–6 key words. All material should be typed in 12-point font and double-spaced, including quotations and references.  At the end of the manuscript, place in the following order:  endnotes (if applicable); References Cited; tables and figures, each labeled with corresponding number and caption and location in the manuscript text indicated. Page length is inclusive of references, notes, graphics, and images. All pages should be numbered.

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Journal Editors
Stephanie Paladino, PhD
Affiliated Research Scholar, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute
University of Georgia

Brandi Janssen, PhD
Department of Occupational and Environmental Health
University of Iowa

Editorial advisory Board
Susan Andreatta, PhD
University of North Carolina Greensboro

David A Cleveland, PhD
Environmental Studies Program
University of California
Santa Barbara

Todd Crane, Phd
International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi.

Paul Durrenberger, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology
Professor Emeritus
Penn State University

Marc Edelman, PhD
Department of Anthropology, Hunter College, CUNY

David Groenfeldt, Ph D
Director, Water-Culture Institute
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Julie A. Hogeland, PhD
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Rural Business-Cooperative Programs

Murray Leaf, PhD
University of Texas at Dallas

Liz Olson, PhD
Global Health and Development
Environmental Science/Studies
Allegheny College

Analiese Richard, Ph.D.
School of International Studies
University of the Pacific
Stockton CA

Glenn Stone, PhD
Socio-cultural Anthropology and Environmental Studies
Washington University at St. Louis

Debarati Sen, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Conflict Management
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, Georgia

John V. Stone, Ph.D.
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

James P, Verinis, PhD
Sociology and Anthropology
Salve Regina University

Student Members
Maria Elena Rodriguez, M.A.
Community Development, UC Davis

Greg de St. Maurice
PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh