The Ecological Transition

The Ecological Transition

by John William Bennett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765805340

ISBN-13: 9780765805348

Pub. Date: 12/15/2006

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Written during the height of the ecology movement, The Ecological Transition is a stunning interdisciplinary work. It combines anthropology, ecology, and sociology to formulate an understanding of cultural-environmental relationships. While anthropologists have been studying relationships between humans and the physical environment for a very long time,

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Written during the height of the ecology movement, The Ecological Transition is a stunning interdisciplinary work. It combines anthropology, ecology, and sociology to formulate an understanding of cultural-environmental relationships. While anthropologists have been studying relationships between humans and the physical environment for a very long time, only in the last thirty years have questions inherent in these relationships broadened beyond description and classification. For example, the concept of environment has been extended beyond the physical into the social.

Although anthropologists have adopted many of the concepts that Bennett develops in the book, he also feels that the central issues have never been addressed, either by anthropologists or by people in related disciplines. The most important of these, in Bennett's opinion, is the failure to incorporate a respect for the environmental in contemporary culture, which would allow making exceptions in certain human practices in order to protect the environment. His point in The Ecological Transition is that a basic cultural change in modern civilization is necessary to achieve this end.

Both a theoretical and a practical work, The Ecological Transition emphasizes the relationships between human culture, the physical environment, technology, and social policy. The Ecological Transition is a challenging volume that makes us face the consequences of human behavior in the modern world: its effect on pollution, natural resources, agriculture, the economy, and population, to name just a few areas. The book remains a significant contribution to the discourse on social, economic, and environmental problems. While the book was first published in 1976, it still reads as a contemporary tract.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765805348
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
12/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Prologue : images of man and nature1
2Culture, ecology, and social policy17
3Human ecology and cultural ecology35
4System, ecosystem, and social system84
5The ecological transition : from equilibrium to disequilibrium123
6Culture and ecology : the use of biological concepts156
7Culture and ecology : culture as the master variable209
8Adaptation and human behavior243
9Adaptation as social process265
10Epilogue : ecology, culture, and anthropology306

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