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Introduction to Cultural Ecology

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ISBN-10: 0759112479

ISBN-13: 9780759112476

Edition: 2nd 2009 (Revised)

Authors: Mark Q. Sutton, E. N. Anderson

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Introduction to Cultural Ecology provides a thorough discussion of the history and theoretical basis behind cultural ecology, starting with the basic principles of cultural anthropology, environmental studies, and human biological adaptations to the environment. It features nine case studies from around the world and highlights and defines key terms for the introductory-level student.
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Book details

List price: $42.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 418
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

List of Figures and Tables
What Is Cultural Ecology?
The Study of Human Ecology
A History of Thought on Culture and Environment
The Rise of Cultural Ecology
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Fundamentals of Ecology
The Environment
Niche and Habitat
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Human Biological Ecology
Humans as Animals
Biological Adaptations
Human Population Regulation
Evolutionary Ecology
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Cultural Ecology
Human Capabilities
Culture as an Adaptive Mechanism
Traditional Knowledge Systems
Human Control of the Environment
Decision Making
A Concluding Thought on Management
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Hunting and Gathering
Hunter-Gatherer Classification
The Hunter-Gatherer Stereotype
Bias in Hunter-Gatherer Studies
Settlement and Subsistence
Environmental Manipulation and Resource Management
Relations with other Groups
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Case Study 5.1: The Nuu-chah-nulth of British Columbia
Case Study 5.2: The Mbuti of the Ituri Forest
The Origins of Food Production
Agricultural Domestication
The Transition to Farming
On the Origin of Agriculture
Types of Agriculture
The Impact of Agriculture
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Horticultral Techniques
Use of Wild Resources
Environmental Manipulation and Resource Management
Relations with Other Groups
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Case Study 7.1: The Grand Valley Dani of Highland New Guinea
Case Study 7.2: The Lozi of Western Zambia
General Sociopolitical Organization
Types of Pastoralism
The Geography of Pastoralism
The Origin of Pastoralism
Some Parameters of Pastoralism
Use of Nonpastoral Products
Environmental Manipulation and Resource Management
Relations with Other Groups
A Note on the Impact of Grazing
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Case Study 8.1: The Maasai: Pastoralists in East Africa
Case Study 8.2: The Navajo: Pastoralists of the American Southwest
Case Study 8.3: Cattle Ranchers in the American West, by Kimberly Hedrick
Intensive Agriculture
Changes in Scale
Techniques of Intensive Agriculture
Contemporary Industrialized Agriculture
Environmental Manipulation and Resource Management
Relations with Other Groups
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Case Study 9.1: Mountains and Water: The Traditional Agricultural System along South Coastal China
Case Study 9.2: The Maya Agricultural System
Current Issues and Problems
The Tragedy of the Commons
Agricultural Involution
Agricultural Development and Intensification
The Rainforest Dilemma
The General Problem
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
About the Authors