Introduction To Cultural Ecology / Edition 1

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This contemporary introduction to the principles and research base of cultural ecology is the ideal textbook for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate courses that deal with the intersection of humans and the environment in traditional societies. After introducing the basic principles of cultural anthropology, environmental studies, and human biological adaptations to the environment, the book provides a thorough discussion of the history of, and theoretical basis behind, cultural ecology. The bulk of the book outlines the broad economic strategies used by traditional cultures: hunting/gathering, horticulture, pastoralism, and agriculture. Fully explicated with cases, illustrations, and charts on topics as diverse as salmon ceremonies among Northwest Coast Indians, contemporary Maya agriculture, and the sacred groves in southern China, the book gives a global view of these strategies. An important emphasis in this text is on the nature of contemporary ecological issues, how peoples worldwide adapt to them, and what the Western world can learn from their experiences. A perfect text for courses in anthropology, environmental studies, and sociology.
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This badly needed book does a good job updating what we know about the ecological relationships between people and their habitats. The first four chapters provide a broad, worldwide perspective on the theory and history of cultural ecology, placing the specialty in a wider anthropological context. The next five chapters cover the four major human subsistence types (hunting and gathering, horticulture, pastoralism, and intensive agriculture) and discuss at length the important consequences of domesticating plants and animals. The four "subsistence type" chapters are richly illustrated by a number of case studies and contain well-cited discussions of relevant anthropological issues. The concluding chapter relates the cross-cultural study of cultural ecology to modern environmental issues and problems of interest to all people today. This book is well organized and the writing clear and concise. The references cited section is a valuable research tool, and the glossary is useful for defining the more technical terms used in the field. Highly recommended. Serious undergraduate readers as well as more advanced professionals.
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This badly needed book does a good job updating what we know about the ecological relationships between people and their habitats. The first four chapters provide a broad, worldwide perspective on the theory and history of cultural ecology, placing the specialty in a wider anthropological context. The next five chapters cover the four major human subsistence types (hunting and gathering, horticulture, pastoralism, and intensive agriculture) and discuss at length the important consequences of domesticating plants and animals. The four "subsistence type" chapters are richly illustrated by a number of case studies and contain well-cited discussions of relevant anthropological issues. The concluding chapter relates the cross-cultural study of cultural ecology to modern environmental issues and problems of interest to all people today. This book is well organized and the writing clear and concise. The references cited section is a valuable research tool, and the glossary is useful for defining the more technical terms used in the field. Highly recommended. Serious undergraduate readers as well as more advanced professionals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759105317
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Q. Sutton is professor of anthropology at California State University, Bakersfield, where he is also the director of the Center for Archaeological Research. E. N. Anderson is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Chapter 2 Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Fundamentals of Ecology Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Human Biological Ecology Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Cultural Ecology Chapter 6 Chapter 5: Hunting and Gathering Chapter 7 Chapter 6: The Origins of Food Production Chapter 8 Chapter 7: Horticulture Chapter 9 Chapter 8: Pastoralism Chapter 10 Chapter 9: Intensive Agriculture Chapter 11 Chapter 10: Current Issues and Problems Part 12 References Part 13 Glossary Part 14 Index
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