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The social metabolism : a socio-ecological theory of historical change

Author: Manuel González de Molina Navarro; Víctor Manuel Toledo
Publisher: Cham : Springer, 2014.
Series: Environmental history (Springer (Firm)), v. 3.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Today, the most notable feature of the modern world is the growing concern for the future, since human society is immersed in a 'giant, uncontrolled experiment' (McNeill, 2000), which it has caused, where natural and social processes are connected in an unprecedented way, generating new unpredictable and surprising dynamics and synergies that are threatening the human species, planetary equilibrium and the whole of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Printed edition:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Manuel González de Molina Navarro; Víctor Manuel Toledo
ISBN: 9783319063584 3319063588 331906357X 9783319063577
OCLC Number: 883627391
Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 355 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Contents: Acknowledgments --
1. Introduction --
2. Environmental history as sustainability science --
3. Social metabolism: origins, history, approaches and main publications --
4. The basic model --
5. Social metabolism at the local scale --
6. Social metabolism at the regional scale --
7. Social metabolism at the national and global scales --
8. Global metabolism --
9. The cinegetic or extractive mode of social metabolism --
10. The organic metabolism --
11. The industrial metabolism --
12. A non-cybernetic theory of social metabolism --
13. Metabolic transitions: a theory of socioecological transformation --
14. Epilogue: metabolisms, entropy and sustainable society.
Series Title: Environmental history (Springer (Firm)), v. 3.
Responsibility: Manuel González de Molina, Víctor M. Toledo.

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Over this last decade, the concept of Social Metabolism has gained prestige as a theoretical instrument for the required analysis, to such an extent that there are now dozens of researchers, hundreds  Read more...

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