The Critical Surf Studies Reader

Edited by Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee & Alexander Sotelo Eastman

Surfing, Sustainability, and Anthropology Summer Study Abroad in Costa Rica through the University of Georgia

Volume contributors Tara Ruttenberg and Pete Brosius have long been collaborating in the University of Georgia, Costa Rica campus’s summer study abroad program focused on the anthropology of surfing and its relationship to improved sustainability and social equity for collaborators and vendors in surf travel. Their program is currently open for enrollment, through March 1, 2016. See below for information and details. Program Description “As a magnet for global surf tourism, Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is being rapidly transformed today as communities face the complex challenges of promoting sustainability and conserving nature while catering to increasing demands for development and […]

Tara Ruttenberg – University for Peace (Costa Rica)

Tara Ruttenberg is Instructor and Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Environment and Development at the University for Peace in Costa Rica, where she teaches on alternatives to development and well-being economics for ‘living well’ in harmony with nature. In addition to decolonizing sustainable surf tourism, Tara’s research focuses on the role of Andean indigenous cosmologies and critical action research in supporting post-extractivist futures in Latin America. Tara works as Teaching Assistant for the University of Georgia’s study abroad program, Surfing & Sustainability: Political Ecology in Costa Rica, and she created Tarantula Surf (www.tarantulasurf.com) as an online platform for authentic […]

Peter Brosius – University of Georgia (GA, USA)

Peter Brosius is Distinguished Research Professor of Anthropology at the University of Georgia and a surfer since 1969. He is widely recognized for his work with Penan hunter-gatherers in Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo), where he has recently been involved in court testimony in support of Penan land claims against oil palm companies. Brosius’ work focuses on the political ecology of conservation, with a particular interest in the impact of environmental degradation on local and indigenous communities. He is also the founding director of UGA’s Center for Integrative Conservation Research. Brosius teaches a study abroad program called Surfing & Sustainability: Political Ecology […]

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