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People and Nature An Introduction to Human Ecological Relations

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ISBN-10: 1405105712

ISBN-13: 9781405105712

Edition: 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Emilio F. Moran

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This book provides an introduction to ecological anthropology by examining the evolving relations between human communities and nature. It offers a vision for improved relations between humans and nature.
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Book details

List price: $126.75
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/3/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 236
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
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.

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Preface
Human Agency and the State of the Earth
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
A Reminder: How Things Were...
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
The Great Forgetting
Earth transformations in prehistory
The archaeology of environmental change
The urban-industrial revolution and the unleashing of Prometheus
The contemporary situation: Human-dominated ecosystems
The Web of Life: Are We In It?
The web of life and trophic relations: Thinking ecologically
Ecosystem productivity and net primary production
Land use and long term disturbance
What Makes People Do That?
Learning, adaptation, and information
Mitigation and the cautionary principle
Transforming the face of the Earth: Making better decisions
Population and the environment
Rebuilding Communities and Institutions
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
Can We Learn When We Have Enough?
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 fossil fuels instead of calories
Do we have enough material goods now?
Quality of Life: When Less Is More
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?
References
Index