Human Ecology: Biocultural Adaptations in Human Communities / Edition 1

Human Ecology: Biocultural Adaptations in Human Communities / Edition 1

by Holger Schutkowski
     
 

ISBN-10: 3642065465

ISBN-13: 9783642065460

Pub. Date: 12/15/2009

Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg

The human condition is composed of culturally mediated biology, and this inherently dual nature is key to our understanding of human/environment interaction. Human Ecology provides a fresh view on the interrelationship between cultural strategies and their biological outcomes. It combines for the first time an ecosystems approach with cultural anthropological,…  See more details below

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The human condition is composed of culturally mediated biology, and this inherently dual nature is key to our understanding of human/environment interaction. Human Ecology provides a fresh view on the interrelationship between cultural strategies and their biological outcomes. It combines for the first time an ecosystems approach with cultural anthropological, archaeological and evolutionary behavioural concepts. Taking resource use and food procurement behaviour as the starting point, the volume examines major subsistence modes, the circumstances and dynamics of large-scale subsistence change, the effect of social differentiation on resource use and the effects of subsistence behaviour on population development and regulation. It is complemented by a brief history on human ecological thought and a discussion of pertinent theoretical issues. Numerous examples from all time periods illustrate the topics and emphasise the universal nature of the interpretive framework.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783642065460
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
12/15/2009
Series:
Ecological Studies Series, #182
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

1History, concepts and prospects1
2Subsistence modes43
3Subsistence change103
4Resources and social organisation151
5Population development and regulation183
6Synthesis - towards a biocultural human ecology251

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