An Ethnomethodological Study of Modernity's Influence on the Ecosophies of Local People


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


Development Studies


This study investigates how modernity has influenced people’s ecosophies. It argues that modernity, with its universalizing character, along with the revolutions in thinking about nature and economics, has influenced local people’s ecosophies, resulting in an environmental ethos more likely to generate environmental exploitative practices. The field research is ethnomethodological in approach, and studies the utilization of the natural environment in the rituals celebrating the life moments of birth, marriage, and death. The project uses content and discourse analyses to establish links between modernity and the resulting localized environmental ethos responsible for environmental exploitative practices. The research is conducted among the Haya people of Bukoba, in Tanzania.