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Case Studies in Human Ecology (Language of Science)by Daniel G. Bates
Synopses & Reviews
This practical text responds to renewed interest in environmental issues by providing accessible case study material for courses in human ecology, cultural ecology, and cultural geography. Carefully selected from the journal Human Ecology, these published case studies represent a broad cross-section of contemporary research in the application of human ecology to a wide variety of problems worldwide. Articles present original data and utilize various methodologies while offering new insights into foraging or hunting and gathering, pastoralism, and agriculture.
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Provides case study material for courses in human ecology, cultural ecology, and cultural geography, taken from the journal Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Arranged in three sections on foraging, pastoralism, and agriculture, 16 cases illustrate points of general significance with original data and demonstrate state-of-the- art research techniques. Each case includes an introduction explaining the article's major contribution to the field. For advanced students in anthropology, geography, human ecology, and environmental studies.
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Table of Contents
Foraging: 1. Australian Aboriginal Subsistence in the Western Desert; S. Cane. 2. The Ecological Basisof Hunter-Gatherer Subsistence in African Rain Forests: The Mbuti of Eastern Zaire; T.B. Hart, J.A. Hart. 3. Batak Foraging Camps Today: A Window to the History of a Hunting-Gathering Economy; J.F. Eder. 4. Northern Islands, Human Error, and Environmental Degradation; T.H. McGovern, et al. Pastoralism: 5. Who Survives Drought? Measuring Winners and Losers among the Ariaal Rendille Pastoralists of Kenya; E. Fratkin, E.A. Roth. 6. Coping with Drought: Responses of Herders and Livestock in Contrasting Savanna Environments in Southern Zimbabwe I. Scoones. 7. From Zomo to Yak: Change in a Sherpa Village N.H. Bishop. 8. What Alpine Peasants Have in Common; R.McC. Netting. Subsistence and Intensive Agriculture: 9. Changing Household Composition, Labor Patterns, and Fertility in a Highland New Guinea Population; P.L.Johnson. 10. Variation and Change in Fertility in West Central Nepal; S. Folmar. 11. Land Use, Soil Loss, and Sustainable Agriculture in Rwanda; D.C. Clay, L.A. Lewis. 12. Agricultural Intensification in a Philippine Frontier Community: Impact on Labor Efficiency and Farm Diversity; W.T. Conelly. 13. Seventeenth-Century Organic Agriculture in China; W. Dazhong, D. Pimentel. 14. Kofyar CashCropping: Choice and Change in Indigenous Agricultural Development; R.McC. Netting, et al. 15. Time, Space, and Transnational Flows: Critical Historical Conjunctures and Explaining Change in Northern Nigerian Agriculture; L.D. Lennihan. 16. Ecology and Mormon Settlement in Northeastern Arizona; W.S. Abruzzi. Index.
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