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Evidence of climate change, loss of biological diversity, tropical deforestation, and an impending crisis in potable water prompts the question: how have we created a situation where our planet-our very future-is at risk? For centuries human impact on the natural world was relatively limited. Some ancient civilizations deforested their regional landscapes-and paid the price with their collapse. Now, while countries in the developed world point to the tropical world as driving the next great wave of extinctions, tropical experts argue that it is the industrial world's addiction to fossil fuels that is the threat. Again, we must ask: What will motivate humans to value nature before it is too late?In People and Nature: An Introduction to Human Ecological Relations, noted anthropologist and environmental scientist Emilio Moran considers such questions and provides a lively introduction to ecological anthropology, environmental geography, and what is often called human ecology. Not only does Moran review the evolution of human interactions with the natural world-drawing from anthropology, geography, and environmental sciences-he also diagnoses our contemporary situation by examining our changing relations to nature. He pays particular attention to those aspects that seem to account for the greater connectedness of certain societies to their physical environment, including respect for nature that self-limits the use of resources, a sense of community, and trust between members of communities. By examining the evolving relations between human communities and nature, Moran offers a vision of what we must do to have a future worth living.

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This introduction to ecological anthropology, environmental geography, and human ecology explores the evolving relations between human communities and nature. Beginning with a historical look at human relations with nature, Moran (anthropology, Indiana University) argues that it is urgent that the human race act immediately to prevent ecological disaster, and provides some suggestions for how we might change to save ourselves and the world. Written for both students and a lay audience. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:

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.

About 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.

Table of Contents

Preface.

List of Figures.

1. Human Agency and the State of the Earth.

Introduction.

Can one conceive of ecosystems without human agents?.

Human agency: individuals making a difference.

Overwhelming evidence for concern with the condition of the earth 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 of Prometheus.

The contemporary situation: Human-dominated ecosystems.

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

The web of life and trophic relations: Thinking ecologically.

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 better decisions.

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 than more "stuff".

Are we happier when we have more?.

References.

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405105729
Author:
Moran, Emilio F
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishing Professional
Author:
Moran, Emilio
Author:
Moran, Emilio F.
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Human beings
Subject:
Environmental policy
Subject:
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
General & Introductory Anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Blackwell Primers in Anthropology
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
January 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9.04x6.12x.49 in. .75 lbs.

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