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Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd edition

Introduction to Cultural Ecology, Third Edition, familiarizes students with the foundations of the field and provides a framework for exploring what other cultures can teach us about  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
ISBN: 9780759123281 0759123284 9780759123298 0759123292
OCLC Number: 870822194
Description: 1 v. ; 23 cm
Contents: ContentsList of Figures and TablesPrefaceAcknowledgments1 IntroductionWhat Is Cultural Ecology?AnthropologyThe Study of Human EcologyA History of Thought on Culture and EnvironmentThe Rise of Cultural EcologyThus . . .Chapter SummaryKey Terms2 Fundamentals of EcologyThe EnvironmentNiche and HabitatResourcesEnergyChapter SummaryKey Terms3 Human Biological EcologyHumans as AnimalsBiological AdaptationsHuman Population RegulationNutritionEvolutionary EcologyChapter SummaryKey TermsCASE STUDY 3.1. The Dietary Role of Insects in the Ancient Great Basin4 Cultural EcologyHuman CapabilitiesCulture as an Adaptive MechanismTraditional Knowledge SystemsHuman Control of the EnvironmentDecision MakingA Concluding Thought on ManagementChapter SummaryKey Terms5 Hunting and GatheringHunter-Gatherer ClassificationThe Hunter-Gatherer StereotypeBias in Hunter-Gatherer StudiesPopulationSettlement and SubsistenceEnvironmental Manipulation and Resource ManagementRelations with other GroupsChapter SummaryKey TermsCASE STUDY 5.1: The Nuu-chah-nulth of British ColumbiaCASE STUDY 5.2: The Mbuti of the Ituri Forest6 The Origins of Food ProductionAgricultural DomesticationThe Transition to FarmingOn the Origin of AgricultureTypes of AgricultureThe Impact of AgricultureChapter SummaryKey Terms7 HorticultureHorticultural TechniquesUse of Wild ResourcesEnvironmental Manipulation and Resource ManagementRelations with Other GroupsChapter SummaryKey TermsCASE STUDY 7.1: The Grand Valley Dani of Highland New GuineaCASE STUDY 7.2: The Lozi of Western Zambia8 PastoralismGeneral Sociopolitical OrganizationTypes of PastoralismThe Geography of PastoralismThe Origin of PastoralismSome Parameters of PastoralismUse of Nonpastoral ProductsEnvironmental Manipulation and Resource ManagementRelations with Other GroupsA Note on the Impact of GrazingChapter SummaryKey TermsCASE STUDY 8.1: The Maasai: Pastoralists in East AfricaCASE STUDY 8.2: The Navajo: Pastoralists of the American SouthwestCASE STUDY 8.3: Cattle Ranchers in the American West, by Kimberly Hedrick9 Intensive AgricultureChanges in ScaleTechniques of Intensive AgricultureContemporary Industrialized AgricultureEnvironmental Manipulation and Resource ManagementRelations with Other GroupsChapter SummaryKey TermsCASE STUDY 9.1: Mountains and Water: The Traditional Agricultural System along South Coastal ChinaCASE STUDY 9.2: The Maya Agricultural System10 Current Issues and ProblemsThe Tragedy of the CommonsAgricultural InvolutionAgricultural Development and IntensificationThe Rainforest DilemmaThe General ProblemChapter SummaryKey TermsGlossaryReferencesIndexAbout the Authors
Responsibility: Mark Q. Sutton, E.N. Anderson.


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