Human Adaptability An Introduction to Ecological Anthropology

ISBN-10: 0813343674

ISBN-13: 9780813343679

Edition: 3rd 2008 (Revised)

Authors: Emilio F. Moran
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Book details

List price: $49.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 12/25/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Emilio F. Moran is Rudy Professor of Anthropology, Professor of Environmental Sciences, Director of the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change and Adjunct Professor of Geography at Indiana University. He is Codirector of the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change.

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Third Edition
List of Acronyms
Environmental Anthropology: History, Theory, and Method
People in Ecosystems
Human Adaptability as a Response to Constraints
Modeling
Energy
Matter
Information
Ecosystems and Global Change
Suggested Readings and Useful Websites
Note
Theories of Human-Habitat Interaction
Environmental Determinism
Cultural Determinism: Nature as a Limiting Factor
Human Adaptation to Environment
Cultural Ecology: Comparison in Human-Environment Research
Applications of the Cultural Ecological Method
Ecological Anthropology
Ethnoecological and Cognitive Approaches
Historical Ecology
Political Ecology
Political Economy and Human Adaptability
Suggested Readings and Useful Websites
Notes
Fundamental Concepts and Methods
Ecosystem Relationships
Soils and Plant Productivity
Physiological Responses
Sociocultural Regulatory Adjustments
Information and Decisions: Toward Actor-Based Approaches
Suggested Readings and Useful Websites
Note
Environmental Change and Spatial Analysis
The Challenge of Scale and Levels of Analysis
Human Adaptability to Global Environmental Change
The Use of Remote Sensing and GIS in the Social Sciences
Experimental Approaches in the Social Sciences
Spatial Analysis and the Study of Institutions
Suggested Readings and Useful Websites
Notes
Studies of Human Adaptability
Human Adaptability to Arctic Zones
The Arctic Ecosystem
Adaptation to Cold Stress
Coping with Snow and Sea Ice
Adaptation to Prolonged Light and Darkness
Coping with Low Biological Productivity
Change in the Arctic
Suggested Readings and Useful Websites
Note
Human Adaptability to High Altitudes
Mountain Ecosystems
Adaptation to Hypoxia
Adaptability to Cold Stress in the Andes
Aridity and Low Productivity
Climate Change and High Altitude Ecosystems
Suggested Readings and Useful Websites
Notes
Human Adaptability to Arid Lands
Desert Ecosystems
Adjustments to Dry Heat
Utilization of Resources
Irrigation
Change in Desert Ecosystems
Suggested Readings and Useful Websites
Human Adaptability to Grasslands
Grasslands Ecosystems
Herd Management
Relations with Cultivators
Adaptive Strategies in the Northern Plains
Global Change and the Future of Grasslands and Pastoralism
Suggested Readings and Useful Websites
Human Adaptability to the Humid Tropics
Tropical Rain Forest Ecosystems
Coping with Ecosystem Complexity
Adaptability to Humid Heat
Global Change Processes and Alternatives to Deforestation
Suggested Readings and Useful Websites
Notes
Urban Sustainability
Urban Ecology and Urban Sustainability
The History of Cities
The Ecology of Cities
Spatial Aspects of the City: Compact Versus Sprawl Patterns
Reducing Dependence on the Automobile
Cities and the Upcoming Water Crisis
An Integrative View of the Urban Ecosystem
The Urban LTERs
Final Remarks
Suggested Readings and Useful Websites
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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