People and nature : an introduction to human ecological relations /

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Author / Creator:Moran, Emilio F.
Imprint:Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2006.
Description:xiv, 218 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
Series:Blackwell primers in anthropology ; 1
Blackwell primers in anthropology.
Subject:Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Human beings -- Effect of environment on.
Environmental degradation.
Environmental policy.
Environmental degradation.
Environmental policy.
Human beings -- Effect of environment on.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:9781405105712 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1405105712 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781405105729 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1405105720 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references )p. [178]-205) and index.
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Moran (Indiana Univ.) is a veteran student of human ecology. In this book, he provides a primer of the field for beginning students, covering current environmental problems from an anthropological perspective and looking to hunter-gatherers, early farmers, and other ancient and traditional peoples for comparison. Moran concludes that overusing the environment is no new thing, acknowledging many statements that others have debated about the role of human agency in past collapses and disasters. However, he also shows that many cultures have found ways to cope. Noting that much modern consumption is for public show and status reasons, the author makes many suggestions for a new world that will consume less and be more efficient. His suggestions involve technology and life-style more than political change. Students can learn what they can do to make the world simpler and better. The book is notably accessible. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Libraries serving high school and undergraduate students, and anyone interested in living more wisely. E. N. Anderson emeritus, University of California, Riverside

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