Theoretical Perspectives in Environment-Behavior Research: Underlying Assumptions, Research Problems, and Methodologies

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Following upon the Handbook of Japan-United States Environment-Behavior Research, published by Plenum in 1997, leading experts review the interrelationships among theory, problem, and method in environment-behavior research. The chapters focus on the philosophical and theoretical assumptions underlying current research and practice in the area and link those assumptions to specific substantive questions and methodologies

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Overview

Following upon the Handbook of Japan-United States Environment-Behavior Research, published by Plenum in 1997, leading experts review the interrelationships among theory, problem, and method in environment-behavior research. The chapters focus on the philosophical and theoretical assumptions underlying current research and practice in the area and link those assumptions to specific substantive questions and methodologies

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In a series of 23 papers from symposia in Tokyo in 1997 and San Francisco in 1998, scientists working in environment-behavior research ponder the philosophical and theoretical assumptions underlying their work, and the linkage of those assumptions to the research problems they choose to study and the methodologies they employ. The contributors come from such divergent backgrounds as psychology, architecture and planning, design, environmental engineering, sociology, social ecology, and human health services. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461371298
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Introduction; S. Wapner, et al. 2. Assumptions, Methods and Research Problems of the Holistic, Developmental, Systems-Oriented Perspective; S. Wapner, J. Demick. 3. Humans and Nature: Insights from a Transactional View; C.M. Werner, I. Altman. 4. Natural Disaster and Restoration Housings: Role of Physical and Interpersonal Environment in Making a Critical Transition to a New Environment; M. Kobyashi, K. Miura. 5. Reflections on the Assumptions and Foundations of Work in Environmental Psychology; L.G. Rivlin. 6. Assumptions, Methods and Research Problems of Ecological Psychology; R.B. Bechtel. 7. Social-Psychological Approaches in Environment-Behavior Studies: Identity Theories and the Discursive Approach; M. Bonaiuto, M. Bonnes. 8. Person Contexts and Personal Projects: Assumptive Themes of a Methodological Transactionalism; B.R. Little. 9. Women and the Environment: Questioned and Unquestioned Assumptions; A. Churchman. 10. Science, Explanatory Theory and Environment-Behavior Studies; A. Rapoport. 11. Linking Built Environments to Everyday Life: Assumptions, Logic and Specifications; W. Michelson. 12. A Hypothetical Model of Environmental Perception: Ambient Vision and Layout of Surfaces in the Environment; R. Ohno. 13. A Way of Seeing People and Place: Phenomenology in Environment-Behavior Research; D. Seamon. 14. A Storyteller's Beliefs: Narrative and Existential Research; H. Childress. 15. Seven Assumptions for an Investigative Environmental Psychology; D. Canter. 16. Cross-Cultural Environment-Behavior Research from a Holistic, Developmental, Systems-Oriented Perspective; J. Demick, et al. 17. The Geography of Hospitals: A Developing Approach to the Architectural Planning of Hospitals; Y. Nagasawa. 18. Sympathetic Methods in Environmental Design and Education; T. Takahashi. 19. Cultural Assumptions underlying Concept-formation and Theory Building in Environment-Behavior Research: Urban Planning and Life-world Design; H. Minami, T. Yamamoto. 20. Residential Crowding in the Context of Inner City Poverty; G.W. Evans, S. Saegert. 21. Theory Development in Environmental Psychology: A Prospective View; D. Stokols. 22. Space-Frames and Intercultural Studies of Person-Environment Relations; G. Rand. 23. Epilogue: Similarities and Differences Across Theories of Environment-behavior Relations; S. Wapner, et al. Name Index. Subject Index.

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