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People and nature : an introduction to human ecological relations

Author: Emilio F Moran
Publisher: Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2006.
Series: Blackwell primers in anthropology, 1
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book provides a lively and thoughtful introduction to ecological anthropology by examining the evolving relations between human communities and nature. * Written by a noted anthropologist,  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Emilio F Moran
ISBN: 1405105712 1405105720 9781405105712 9781405105729
OCLC Number: 174099368
Description: xiv, 218 p. : ill., carte ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Can one conceive of ecosystems without human agents? --
Human agency : individuals making a difference --
Overwhelming evidence for concern with the condition of the earth system --
Looking back and looking forward --
The study of human ecological relations --
The contemporary study of environmental issues --
The evolution of human-environment interactions --
Hunter-gatherers : setting our preferences --
How did we decide to become farmers? --
Herding and farming : an uneasy relationship --
More food for the masses --
Earth transformations in prehistory --
The archeology of environmental change --
The urban-industrial revolution and the unleashing of Prometheus --
The contemporary situation : human-dominated ecosystems --
The web of life and trophic relations : thinking ecologically --
Ecosystem productivity and net primary production --
Land use and long term disturbance --
Learning, adaptation, and information --
Mitigation and the cautionary principle --
Transforming the face of the earth : making better decisions --
Population and the environment --
Community in human evolution --
What is sacred in human evolution? --
Tragedies of the commons --
Institutions and self-organization --
Bioregionalism, deep ecology, and embedding people in nature --
Material boys and material girls --
Patterns of consumption in developed countries --
Patterns of consumption in developing countries --
A feeding frenzy and a crisis in public health --
Burning fossils fuels instead of calories --
Do we have enough material goods now? --
Resource abundance versus resource scarcity --
When less is more --
The scale of the problem and the scale of the solution --
Restoring our balance : valuing community and trust, rather than more "stuff" --
Are we happier when we have more?
Series Title: Blackwell primers in anthropology, 1
Responsibility: Emilio F. Moran.
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