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Ecology Revisited

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As concerns about humankind’s relationship with the environment move inexorably up the agenda, this volume tells the story of the history of the concept of ecology itself and adds much to the historical and philosophical debate over this multifaceted discipline. The text provides readers with an overview of the theoretical, institutional and historical formation of ecological knowledge. The varied local conditions of early ecology are considered in detail, while epistemological problems that lie on the borders of...

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Overview

As concerns about humankind’s relationship with the environment move inexorably up the agenda, this volume tells the story of the history of the concept of ecology itself and adds much to the historical and philosophical debate over this multifaceted discipline. The text provides readers with an overview of the theoretical, institutional and historical formation of ecological knowledge. The varied local conditions of early ecology are considered in detail, while epistemological problems that lie on the borders of ecology, such as disunity and complexity, are discussed. The book traces the various phases of the history of the concept of ecology itself, from its 19th century origins and antecedents, through the emergence of the environmental movement in the later 20th century, to the future, and how ecology might be located in the environmental science framework of the 21st century.

The study of ‘ecological’ phenomena has never been confined solely to the work of researchers who consider themselves ecologists. It is rather a field of knowledge in which a plurality of practices, concepts and theories are developed. Thus, there exist numerous disciplinary subdivisions and research programmes within the field, the boundaries of which remain blurred. As a consequence, the deliberation to adequately identify the ecological field of knowledge, its epistemic and institutional setting, is still going on. This will be of central importance not only in locating ecology in the frame of 21st century environmental sciences but also for a better understanding of how nature and culture are intertwined in debates about pressing problems, such as climate change, the protection of species diversity, or the management of renewable resources.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789400701540
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Pages: 466
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements (Astrid Schwarz & Kurt Jax)
Foreword (Pascal Acot)
I Why write a Handbook of Ecological Concepts? (Astrid Schwarz & Kurt Jax)
1 Structure of the handbook (Kurt Jax & Astrid Schwarz)
2 A history of concepts for ecology (Astrid Schwarz)

II The foundations of ecology: philosophical and historical perspectives
1 Multifaceted ecology between organicism, emergentism and reductionism
(Donato Bergandi)
2 The classical holism-reductionism-debate in ecology
(Ludwig Trepl & AnnetteVoigt)
3 About the inner structure of ecology – some theses
3.1 Conceptualizing the heterogeneity, embeddedness, and ongoing restructuring that make ecological complexity ‘unruly’
(Peter Taylor)
3.2 A few thesis regarding the inner structure of ecology
(Gerhard Wiegleb)
3.3 Dynamics in the formation of ecological knowledge
(Astrid Schwarz)

III Ecology and ”Ecology“
1 Etymology and original sources of the term "ecology" - Summary of the full chapter III (Astrid Schwarz & Kurt Jax)
2 Main phases of the history of the concept “ecology”
2.1 Word and concept formation
2.1.1 The early period of word and concept formation
(Kurt Jax & Astrid Schwarz)
2.1.2 Competing terms (Kurt Jax & Astrid Schwarz)
2.1.3. Stabilizing a concept (Kurt Jax)
2.2 Formation of institutional settings
2.2.1 Formation of scientific societies (Kurt Jax)
2.2.2 Fundamental subdivisions of ecology (Kurt Jax)
3 “Ecology”, society and the systems view in the 20th and 21st century
3.1 The rise of systems theory in ecology (Annette Voigt)
3.2 Ecology and the environmental movement (Andrew Jamison)
3.3 Ecology and Biodiversity at the beginning of the 21st Century:
towards a new paradigm? (Patrick Blandin)
3.4 An Ecosystem View into the 21st Century (Wolfgang Haber)
4 Local conditions of early ecology
4.1 Early ecology in the German speaking world through WWII (Astrid Schwarz &
Kurt Jax)
4.2 The history of early British and US-American ecology to 1950 (Robert McIntosh)
4.3 The French tradition in ecology: 1820-1950 (Patrick Matagne)
4.4 Early history of ecology in Spain, 1868-1936 (Santos Casado)
4.5 Plant community, Plantesamfund (Peder Anker)
4.6 Looking at Russian ecology through the biosphere theory (George S. Levit)
5 Border zones of scientific ecology and other fields
5.1 Geography as ecology (Gerhard Hard)
5.2 Border zones of ecology and the applied sciences (Yrjö Haila)
5.3 Border zones of ecology and systems theory (Egon Becker & Broder Breckling)
5.4 Economy, ecology and sustainability (John Gowdy)

IV Literature V Appendix
- Picture credits
- list of concepts

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