REVIEW | Decomposed



political ecology, ecology, production, distribution, consumption


Book review

Author Biography

Mark Holmes Pedelty, University of Minnesota

Mark Pedelty is a Professor of Communication Studies and Anthropology at the University of Minnesota and Fellow at the Institute on the Environment. His two most recent books are Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk and the Environment (Temple University Press, 2012) and A Song to Save the Salish Sea: Musical Performance as Environmental Activism (Indiana University Press, 2016). Dr. Pedelty has conducted ethnographic field research in El Salvador, Mexico, British Columbia, and Washington State. He also directs music videos, composes, and performs for Pedelty teaches courses in environmental communication, research methods, and music.



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Robbins, P., 2012. Lawn people: How grasses, weeds, and chemicals make us who we are. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Von Glahn, D., 2013. Music and the Skillful Listener: American Women Compose the Natural World. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.

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Witt, S., 2015. How music got free: The end of an industry, the turn of the century, and the patient zero of piracy. London: Penguin.


Trump, M., 2012. Musicwood. DVD. Helpman Productions.