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SOC 2310: Cultural Anthropology: Case Studies

Case Study: Palm Oil and Deforestation in Indonesia

What are the controversies surrounding the production/consumption of palm oil? 

Who grows/harvests palm oil in Indonesia? How have communities been impacted by oil palm production? Think in terms of sustainability and the autonomy of a community. 

What is one proposed environmental initiative related to palm oil production in Indonesia? Does this solve the problem for communities? 

Case Study: The Interoceanic Grand Canal in Nicaragua

What are the controversies surrounding the proposed canal? 

How will local populations be impacted by the proposed canal?  

What about the broader Nicaraguan population? Do they support or oppose the project? 

What solutions might be possible? Whose needs should be considered the most important?