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

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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 of ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Dec 24, 2014 Bri rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Feb 11, 2012 Megan rated it it was ok
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.
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Jan 22, 2014 Larry Perez rated it it was amazing
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
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May 17, 2014 Craig Pittman rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Apr 29, 2015 Brenna rated it liked it
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 more 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 more substance. What I ...more
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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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