People and Nature: An Introduction to Human Ecological Relations / Edition 1

People and Nature: An Introduction to Human Ecological Relations / Edition 1

by Emilio F. Moran
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405105720

ISBN-13: 2901405105728

Pub. Date: 01/15/2006

Publisher: Wiley

Now updated and expanded, People and Nature is a lively, accessible introduction to environmental anthropology that focuses on the interactions between people, culture, and nature around the world.

  • Written by a respected scholar in environmental anthropology with a multi-disciplinary focus that also draws from geography, ecology, and

Overview

Now updated and expanded, People and Nature is a lively, accessible introduction to environmental anthropology that focuses on the interactions between people, culture, and nature around the world.

  • Written by a respected scholar in environmental anthropology with a multi-disciplinary focus that also draws from geography, ecology, and environmental studies
  • Addresses new issues of importance, including climate change, population change, the rise of the slow food and farm-to-table movements, and consumer-driven shifts in sustainability
  • Explains key theoretical issues in the field, as well as the most important research, at a level appropriate for readers coming to the topic for the first time
  • Discusses the challenges in ensuring a livable future for generations to come and explores solutions for correcting the damage already done to the environment
  • Offers a powerful, hopeful future vision for improved relations between humans and nature that embraces the idea of community needs rather than consumption wants, and the importance of building trust as a foundation for a sustainable future

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901405105728
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/15/2006
Series:
Primers in Anthropology Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
232

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

Acknowledgements

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. What Makes People Do That?

Learning, adaptation, and information

Mitigation and the cautionary principle

Transforming the face of the Earth: Making better decisions

6. Population and the environment

Theories about Population

The Demographic Transition

Aging and International Flows of Labor

Addressing the Needs of 10 Billion People

Changing the Population and environment nexus

7. 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

8. 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?

9. 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?

Index

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