The Ecological Transition

The Ecological Transition

Cultural Anthropology and Human Adaptation

1st Edition - January 1, 1976

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  • Author: John W. Bennett
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483136417

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The Ecological Transition studies the relationships between humans and the physical environment. It also assesses some converging approaches in cultural anthropology, including cultural ecology, economic anthropology, social exchange, and behavioral adaptation. Comprised of ten chapters, this book focuses on ecological transition, which refers to the process by which humans incorporate nature into society. It discusses how to formulate a policy-oriented cultural ecology and looks at the ecological transition as material evolution and as a problem of equilibrium. The succeeding chapters review some of the contributions of cultural ecology, including its successes and failures. Finally, the book examines the concept of adaptive and maladaptive actions in human ecology. This book is useful for anthropologists who are interested in cultural-ecological research and its implications in public policy.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments

    Chapter 1 Prologue: Images of Man and Nature

    Chapter 2 Culture, Ecology, and Social Policy

    Chapter 3 Human Ecology and Cultural Ecology

    Chapter 4 System, Ecosystem, and Social System

    Chapter 5 The Ecological Transition: From Equilibrium to Disequilibrium

    Chapter 6 Culture and Ecology: The Use of Biological Concepts

    Chapter 7 Culture and Ecology: Culture as the Master Variable

    Chapter 8 Adaptation and Human Behavior

    Chapter 9 Adaptation as Social Process

    Chapter 10 Epilogue: Ecology, Culture, and Anthropology



Product details

  • No. of pages: 388
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1976
  • Published: January 1, 1976
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483136417

About the Author

John W. Bennett

About the Editor

Cyril S. Belshaw

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