Nothing Lasts Forever: Environmental Discourses on the Collapse of Past Societies

  title={Nothing Lasts Forever: Environmental Discourses on the Collapse of Past Societies},
  author={Guy D. Middleton},
  journal={Journal of Archaeological Research},
  • G. Middleton
  • Published 11 January 2012
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Archaeological Research
The study of the collapse of past societies raises many questions for the theory and practice of archaeology. Interest in collapse extends as well into the natural sciences and environmental and sustainability policy. Despite a range of approaches to collapse, the predominant paradigm is environmental collapse, which I argue obscures recognition of the dynamic role of social processes that lie at the heart of human communities. These environmental discourses, together with confusion over… 

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