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Human Ecology

Contemporary Research and Practice

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  • Comprehensive coverage of the field of human ecology
  • Provides insight into the current state of the field as well as future directions
  • Published and highly-cited articles are updated with new research since publication and contextual introductions
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About this book

This book arose from the need to develop accessible research-based case study material which addresses contemporary issues and problems in the rapidly evolving field of human ecology. Academic, political, and, indeed, public interest in the environmental sciences is on the rise. This is no doubt spurred by media coverage of climate change and global warming and attendant natural disasters such as unusual drought and flood conditions, toxic dust storms, pollution of air and water, and the like. But there is also a growing intellectual awareness of the social causes of anthropogenic environmental impacts, political vectors in determining conser- tion outcomes, and the role of local representations of ecological knowledge in resource management and sustainable yield production. This is reflected in the rapid increase of ecology courses being taught at leading universities in the fa- growing developing countries much as was the case a decade or two ago in Europe and North America. The research presented here is all taken from recent issues of Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Since the journal itself is a leading forum for cont- porary research, the articles we have selected represent a cross-section of work which brings the perspectives of human ecology to bear on current problems being faced around the world. The chapters are organized in such a way to facilitate the use of this volume either to teach a course or to introduce an informed reader to the field.

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

  1. Agricultural Intensification and Large-scale Population Dynamics

  2. Development, Common Property Management, and Conservation

Editors and Affiliations

  • City University of New York, Department of Anthropology, Hunter College, New York, USA

    Daniel G. Bates

  • Shelbyville, USA

    Judith Tucker

About the editors

Daniel Bates is the editor-in-chief of the journal Human Ecology.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Human Ecology

  • Book Subtitle: Contemporary Research and Practice

  • Editors: Daniel G. Bates, Judith Tucker

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag US 2010

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4419-5700-9Published: 14 April 2010

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4614-1514-5Published: 17 August 2011

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4419-5701-6Published: 29 March 2010

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 377

  • Number of Illustrations: 23 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Anthropology, Population Economics, Nature Conservation, Human Geography

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