The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology is the first instalment of The SAGE Handbook of the Social Sciences series and encompasses major specialities as well as key interdisciplinary themes relevant to the field. Globally, societies are facing major upheaval and change, and the social sciences are fundamental to the analysis of these issues, as well as the development of strategies for addressing them. This handbook provides a rich overview of the discipline and has a future focus whilst using international theories and examples throughout. The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology is an essential resource for social scientists globally and contains a rich body of chapters on all major topics relevant to the field, whilst also presenting a possible road map for the future of the field. Part 1: Foundations; Part 2: Focal Areas; Part 3: Urgent Issues; and Part 4: Short Essays: Contemporary Critical Dynamics.
During the 2014–16 El Niño event I was conducting research in Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea. I have been working with the Biangai communities of Elauru and Winima since 1998, examining the changes wrought by mining and conservation projects in the area with particular attention to agriculture (Halvaksz, 2020). As I finished my field trip in August of 2015, the heat and lack of rain were notable. Members of both communities were returning from gardens of sweet potatoes with tubers that were shriveled and even soft. Biangai commented that they had been cooked in the ground by the sun. While they were able to rely on other crops planted for use during dry ...