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

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Overview

Evidence of climate change, loss of biological diversity, tropical deforestation, and an impending crisis in potable water prompt the question: how have we created a situation where our planet - our very future - is at risk? In People and Nature: An Introduction to Human Ecological Relations, noted environmental scientist Emilio Moran provides a lively introduction to ecological anthropology, environmental geography, and human ecology. He examines the evolving relations between human communities and nature, and, by thoughtful analysis, offers a vision of what we must do to have a future worth living.
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"The book offers a lively and well-researched introduction to human-environmental problems and ways of analysing them, drawing creatively on a range of scientific approaches … .A thoughtful and engaging text, which students of environmental anthropology, human geography, and environmental studies will find illuminating." (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, December 2008)

"An anthropological reader on social movements is a welcome contribution to a synthesis and analysis of this interest." (The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, June 2008)

"The aim [of the book] … Is to offer a lively overview on a traditional area of anthropological study, an aim which Moran's book no doubt accomplishes." (European Association of Social Anthropologists, 2007)

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

"Those among us who would like to better understand the intricate interaction between knowledge on environmental issues and societal reactions will most definitely profit from this little book, which can be whole heartedly recommended." (Environmental Geology)

"The major themes of People and Nature provide a menu rich enough to satisfy any beginning student of ecological anthropology." (BioScience)

"People and Nature is the first volume published within the series titled Primers in Anthropology. The aim of the series is to offer a lively overview on a traditional area of anthropological study, an aim which Moran's book no doubt accomplishes." (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: 1,055,358
  • 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

1 Human agency and the state of the Earth 1
2 A reminder : how things were ... 26
3 The great forgetting 57
4 The web of life : are we in it? 74
5 What makes people do that? 93
6 Rebuilding communities and institutions 116
7 Can we learn when we have enough? 131
8 Quality of life : when less is more 150
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