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Stotts, Rhian

Works: 4 works in 4 publications in 1 language and 6 library holdings
Genres: Academic theses 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Rhian Stotts
Subsistence sharing networks and cooperation: Kaktovik, Wainwright, and Venetie, Alaska( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Are mixed economies persistent or transitional? : evidence using social networks from Arctic Alaska by Shauna BurnSilver( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Are Mixed Economies Persistent or Transitional? Evidence Using Social Networks from Arctic Alaska( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

ABSTRACT: Two opposing narratives describe future prospects for mixed economic livelihoods in Alaska and the broader Arctic. On the one hand, Arctic anthropologists have written about the emergence of persistent mixed economies in Native communities. A second narrative echoes modernization assumptions and assumes that "subsistence is dying, " mixed economies are transitional, and Native communities are headed inevitably toward full market dependence. We provide evidence that mixed economies are not transitional. Mixed economies have three components: households engage in (1) market exchange, (2) subsistence activities, and (3) culturally embedded social relationships sustained by flows of wild food and other resources. Using household‐level social network and economic data from two Iñupiat communities spanning 30 years, we explore hypotheses designed to test an assumed transition to market dependence. If transition assumptions hold, households with high engagement in the cash economy will have low engagement in subsistence production and diminished social relationships. Results do not support this narrative of change. Although there is considerable variability in household harvest, income, and social relationships, those highly engaged in market activities are also disproportionately involved in subsistence activities, sharing, and cooperation. Beyond broad narratives, an assessment of underlying processes and conditions supporting persistent mixed economies is warranted. [ Arctic, mixed economies, subsistence hunting, cash economy, social networks ]
Cross-cultural threats to water supplies and future approaches for water management by Rhian Stotts( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The worldwide supply of potable fresh water is ever decreasing. While 2.5% of Earth's water is fresh, only 1% is accessible. Of this water, the World Health Organization estimates that only one-third can be used to meet our daily needs while the other two-thirds are unusable due to contamination. As the world population continues to grow and climate change reduces water security, we must consider not only solutions, but evaluate the perceptions and reactions of individuals in order to successfully implement such solutions. To that end, the goal of this dissertation is to explore human attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors around water issues by conducting cross-cultural comparisons of (1) water risks and solutions, (2) wastewater knowledge and acceptance, and (3) motivators for willingness to use treated wastewater. Previous research in these domains has primarily focused on a single site or national context. While such research is valuable for establishing how and why cultural context matters, comparative studies are also needed to help link perceptions at local and global scales. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach grounded in anthropological methods and theory, I use interview data collected in a range of international sites as part of the Arizona State University's Global Ethnohydrology Study. With funding from National Science Foundation grants to the Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC) and the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research project (CAP LTER), this dissertation explores cross-cultural perceptions of water threats and management strategies, specifically wastewater reclamation and reuse, in order to make recommendations for policy makers and water managers
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Audience level: 0.74 (from 0.62 for Cross-cult ... to 0.99 for Are mixed ...)