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Human Ecology as Human Behavior: Essays in Environmental and Development Anthropology
     

Human Ecology as Human Behavior: Essays in Environmental and Development Anthropology

by John W. Bennett
 

Human interaction with the natural environment has a dual character. By turning increasing quantities of natural substances into physical resources, human beings might be said to have freed themselves from the constraints of low-technology survival pressures. However, the process has generated a new dependence on nature in the form of complex “socionatural

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Human interaction with the natural environment has a dual character. By turning increasing quantities of natural substances into physical resources, human beings might be said to have freed themselves from the constraints of low-technology survival pressures. However, the process has generated a new dependence on nature in the form of complex “socionatural systems,” as Bennett calls them, in which human society and behavior are so interlocked with the management of the environment that small changes in the systems can lead to disaster. Bennett’s essays cover a wide range: from the philosophy of environmentalism to the ecology of economic development; from the human impact on semi-arid lands to the ecology of Japanese forest management. This expanded paperback edition includes a new chapter on the role of anthropology in economic development.

Bennett’s essays exhibit an underlying pessimism: if human behavior toward the physical environment is the distinctive cause of environmental abuse, then reform of current management practices offers only temporary relief; that is, conservationism, like democracy, must be continually reaffirmed. Clearly presented and free of jargon, Human Ecology as Human Behavior will be of interest to anthropologists, economists, and environmentalists.

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“Human behaviour and its interactions with the natural environment is at the centre of debates over environmental issues. John Bennett’s collection of essays, dating back some thirty years, is a worthy and thorough examination of this topic from an anthropological perspective and makes a strong case for this perspective to be a more influential force in future analytical environ-mental research.”—Tommy Knowland, Environmental Politics
Booknews
Bennett (Distinguished Anthropologist in Residence, Washington U.-St. Louis) discusses our dependence on nature in the form of complex "socionatural systems," in a collection of theoretical essays, field studies of resource management, and literature reviews and field surveys. Of interest to anthropologists, economists, and environmentalists. This expanded edition includes a new chapter on the role of anthropology in economic development. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560000686
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1993
Edition description:
Expanded ed., 1st pbk. ed
Pages:
387
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

John W. Bennett (1915-2005) was emeritus professor of anthropology at Washington University, St. Louis. He served as president of the American Ethnological Society and the Society for Applied Anthropology, and was a member of the editorial boards of the Annual Review of Anthropology and Reviews in Anthropology. Among his books are The Ecological Transition: Cultural Anthropology and Human Adaptation, Classic Anthropology: Critical Essays, 1944-1996, and Human Ecology as Human Behavior: Essays in Environmental and Development Anthropology.

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