Re-Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Selfhood, Fantasy & the Environment

Cinnamon Carlarne,
John Carlarne
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The concept of a ‘rainbow bridge’ is pervasive throughout anthropological research. It occurs in Native American mythology, children’s literature, philosophy, fiction and even in botanical texts. The term ‘rainbow bridge’ means many things to many people. In this paper, we propose that the rainbow bridge as an analytical construct for understanding the conceptual link between the self and non-self that determines how specific individuals and cultures perceive and interact with the natural environment.

Keywords: Natural Environment, Self, Non-Self, Culture
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Cinnamon Carlarne

Research Fellow, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford
Oxford, UK

Cinnamon Carlarne is the Harold Woods Research Fellow in Environmental Law at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford. Her primary research interests are in the field of international environmental law, specifically concerning comparative climate change policies, trade and the environment, international biodiversity policies and sustainable development. She has published several papers in environmental law journals on topics ranging from climate change and whaling to nuclear waste and the role of NGOs in post-conflict societies. Prior to joining the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies she was an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Cincinnati.

John Carlarne

Research Officer, Extra-Legal Goverance Institue, University  of Oxford
Oxford, UK

John Carlarne is the Research Officer for the Extra-legal Governance Institute at the University of Oxford. He previously taught at the University of Cincinnati as an adjunct professor in Anthropology. He has 12 years of experience at the intersection of peace-building, law enforcement and human rights.

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