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Human Ecology: Following Nature's Lead (Hardback)
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Human Ecology: Following Nature's Lead (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 01/10/2002
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Human ecology is an emerging discipline that studies the interrelationships between humans and their environment, drawing on insights from biology, sociology, anthropology, geography, engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and conservation. This volume synthesizes the work of diverse, sometimes divergent, scholars to illustrate how human interactions can be understood as ecological relationships, using hierarchy as an organizing device. Frederick Steiner builds on the work of leading thinkers including Christopher Alexander, William Cronon, Clifford Geertz, James Lovelock, Eugene Odum, Paul Shepard, Anne Whiston Spirn, E.O. Wilson, Gerald Young, and others to present a historical and analytical examination of how humans interact with each other as well as with other organisms and their surroundings. The first two chapters summarize the development of this "new ecology" and the theory of human ecology. The remainder of the book provides an introduction to the major elements of human ecological theory including language, culture, and technology; structure, function, and change; edges and boundaries; interaction, integration, and institution; diversity; and adaptation. The chapters are organized hierarchically from the smallest scale to the largest with each chapter addressing a specific level as an ecosystem. The final chapter probes some of the ethical implications of this new field. The book brings together scholarship from the social and natural sciences as well as the environmental design arts to offer an overview of the field of human ecology and to show how the field may help us to envision our futures. While the approach is largely theoretical, it has broad policy and practical implications, and represents an important new work for anyone concerned with interactions between humans and the environment.

Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781559639958
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 22 mm
Edition: 3rd ed.


MEDIA REVIEWS
oThe book presents a rich blend of ideas, old and new, about relationships between human and landscapes.o --CELA Forum
oHuman Ecology presents the reader with a rich overview of humanAEs struggle to understand, interpret, and organize our world.o --Landscape and Urban Planning
othe subjects of [SteinerAEs] thinking and writing are far braoder than architecture and the other environmental planning design arts. To produce a new view of human ecology, he draws mainly from biology, sociology, anthropology, geography, engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, planning and conservation.o --Journal of Economic Issues
othe subjects of �SteinerAEs� thinking and writing are far braoder than architecture and the other environmental planning design arts. To produce a new view of human ecology, he draws mainly from biology, sociology, anthropology, geography, engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, planning and conservation.o --Journal of Economic Issues

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