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.
Language:English
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
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/5822016
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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.
Table of Contents:
  • Figures
  • Preface
  • 1. Human Agency and the State of the Earth
  • Introduction
  • Can one conceive of ecosystems without human agents?
  • Human agency: individuals making a difference
  • Overwhelming evidence for concern with the condition of the Earth system
  • Looking back and looking forward
  • 2. A Reminder: How Things Were...
  • The study of human ecological relations
  • The contemporary study of environmental issues
  • The evolution of human-environment interactions
  • Hunter-gatherers: Setting our preferences
  • How did we decide to become farmers?
  • Herding and farming: An uneasy relationship
  • More food for the masses
  • 3. The Great Forgetting
  • Earth transformations in prehistory
  • The archaeology of environmental change
  • The urban-industrial revolution and the unleashing of Prometheus
  • The contemporary situation: Human-dominated ecosystems
  • 4. The Web of Life: Are We In It?
  • The web of life and trophic relations: Thinking ecologically
  • Ecosystem productivity and net primary production
  • Land use and long term disturbance
  • 5. What Makes People Do That?
  • Learning, adaptation, and information
  • Mitigation and the cautionary principle
  • Transforming the face of the Earth: Making better decisions
  • Population and the environment
  • 6. Rebuilding Communities and Institutions
  • Community in human evolution
  • What is sacred in human evolution?
  • Tragedies of the commons
  • Institutions and self-organization
  • Bioregionalism, deep ecology, and embedding people in nature
  • 7. Can We Learn When We Have Enough?
  • Material boys and material girls
  • Patterns of consumption in developed countries
  • Patterns of consumption in developing countries
  • A feeding frenzy and a crisis in public health
  • Burning fossil fuels instead of calories
  • Do we have enough material goods now?
  • 8. Quality of Life: When Less Is More
  • Resource abundance versus resource scarcity
  • When less is more
  • The scale of the problem and the scale of the solution
  • Restoring our balance: Valuing community and trust, rather than more "stuff"
  • Are we happier when we have more?
  • References
  • Index