People and Nature: An Introduction to Human Ecological Relations / Edition 1

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This book provides a lively and thoughtful introduction to ecological anthropology by examining the evolving relations between human communities and nature.

  • Written by a noted anthropologist, geographer, and environmental scientist.
  • Reviews the evolution of human interactions with the natural world—-drawing from anthropology and geography.
  • Explores those aspects of human ecological relations that seem to account for the greater connectedness of certain societies to their physical environment.
  • Offers a vision for improved relations between humans and nature.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“We need more books like this! Moran provides a wonderfullyaccessible and compelling introduction to the greatest issue of ourtimes. This book is required reading to understand theall-too-human dimension of the environmental crisis and why thereis real hope for recovery.”
Tom Lovejoy, The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economicsand the Environment

“Vintage Emilio Moran! A highly readable, well groundedand insightful stock- taking of human environmentalrelations—a perspective that will be highly valued by bothstudents and others concerned with an enlightened view of how ourspecies manages or mismanages its habitat.”
Daniel G. Bates, Hunter College, CUNY, and Editor, HumanEcology

“In this original and thoughtful book, Moran leads readersfrom the past history of human interactions with natural ecosystemsthrough the present crisis of environmental sustainability and intothe future, noting serious challenges, and positive trends aswell.”
Ben Orlove, University of California Davis, and Editor, CurrentAnthropology

"Moran...provides a primer of the field for beginning students,covering current environmental problems from an anthropologicalperspective and looking to hunter-gatherers, early farmers, andother ancient and traditional peoples for comparison. Students canlearn what they can do to make the world simpler and better.Recommended for libraries serving high school and undergraduatestudents, and anyone interested in living more wisely."

"Those among us who would like to better understand theintricate interaction between knowledge on environmental issues andsocietal reactions will most definitely profit from this littlebook, which can be whole heartedly recommended."
Environmental Geology

"The major themes of People and Nature provide a menurich enough to satisfy any beginning student of ecologicalanthropology."

"People and Nature is the first volume published withinthe series titled Primers in Anthropology. The aim of theseries is to offer a lively overview on a traditional area ofanthropological study, an aim which Moran's book no doubtaccomplishes."
Journal of Social Anthropology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405105729
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/15/2006
  • Series: Primers in Anthropology Series , #3
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 589,541
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Emilio F. Moran is Rudy Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University and also Professor of Environmental Sciences, Adjunct Professor of Geography, and Director of the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change.

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Table of Contents


List of Figures.

1. Human Agency and the State of the Earth.


Can one conceive of ecosystems without human agents?.

Human agency: individuals making a difference.

Overwhelming evidence for concern with the condition of theearth system.

Looking back and looking forward.

2. A Reminder: How Things Were.

The study of human ecological relations.

The contemporary study of environmental issues.

The evolution of human-environment interactions.

Hunter-gatherers: Setting our preferences.

How did we decide to become farmers?.

Herding and farming: An uneasy relationship.

More food for the masses.

3. The Great Forgetting.

Earth Transformations in prehistory.

The archeology of environmental change.

The urban-industrial revolution and the unleashing ofPrometheus.

The contemporary situation: Human-dominated ecosystems.

4. The Web of Life: Are We in It?.

The web of life and trophic relations: Thinkingecologically.

Ecosystem productivity and net primary production.

Land Use and long-term disturbance.

5. What Makes People Want to Change the Environment?.

Learning, Adaptation, and Information.

Mitigation and the Cautionary Principle.

Transforming the face of the earth through making betterdecisions.

Population and the Environment.

6. Rebuilding Communities and Institutions.

Community in human evolution.

What is sacred in human evolution?.

Tragedies of the commons.

Institutions and self-organization.

Bioregionalism, deep ecology and embedding people in nature.

7. Can We Learn When We Have Enough?.

Material boys and material girls.

Patterns of consumption in developed countries.

Patterns of consumption in developing countries.

A feeding frenzy and a crisis in public health.

Burning fossils fuels instead of calories.

Do we have enough material goods now?.

8. Quality of Life: When Less Is More.

Resource abundance vs resource scarcity.

When less is more.

The scale of the problem and the scale of the solutions.

Restoring Our Balance: Valuing community, and trust, rather thanmore "stuff".

Are we happier when we have more?.



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