People and Nature: An Introduction to Human Ecological Relations

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 28, 2016 - Social Science - 272 pages

Now updated and expanded, People and Nature is a lively, accessible introduction to environmental anthropology that focuses on the interactions between people, culture, and nature around the world.

  • Written by a respected scholar in environmental anthropology with a multi-disciplinary focus that also draws from geography, ecology, and environmental studies
  • Addresses new issues of importance, including climate change, population change, the rise of the slow food and farm-to-table movements, and consumer-driven shifts in sustainability
  • Explains key theoretical issues in the field, as well as the most important research, at a level appropriate for readers coming to the topic for the first time
  • Discusses the challenges in ensuring a livable future for generations to come and explores solutions for correcting the damage already done to the environment
  • Offers a powerful, hopeful future vision for improved relations between humans and nature that embraces the idea of community needs rather than consumption wants, and the importance of building trust as a foundation for a sustainable future
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Human Agency and the State of the Earth
1
How Things Were
33
Chapter 3 The Great Forgetting
75
Are We In It?
96
Chapter 5 What Makes People Do That?
122
Chapter 6 Population and Environment
145
Chapter 7 Rebuilding Communities and Institutions
166
Chapter 8 Can We Learn When We Have Enough?
188
When Less Is More
210
Index
244
EULA
259
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Emilio F. Moran is John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor at the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, the Center for System Integration and Sustainability, and the Department of Geography at Michigan State University, USA. Until 2012, he was Distinguished Professor and the James H. Rudy Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, USA. He is the author of ten books, fifteen edited volumes, and more than 190 journal articles and book chapters, which address human interaction with the environment under conditions of change. Most recently, he is the author of Environmental Social Science: Human-Environment Interactions and Sustainability(Wiley Blackwell, 2010). He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Applied Anthropology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2010.

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