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Conceptual approaches to human ecology

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Title: Conceptual approaches to human ecology
Authors: Rambo, A. Terry
LC Subject Headings: Human ecology - Philosophy
Issue Date: Jun 1983
Publisher: Honolulu, HI : East-West Environment and Policy Institute
Series/Report no.: East-West Environment and Policy Institute. Research report ; no.14
Abstract: A number of very different conceptual approaches have been employed in human ecology. This report reviews several of the most important analytic frameworks: environmental determinism and possibilism, cultural ecology, the ecosystem-based model, and the actor-based model. The contributions made by each conceptual approach to increasing understanding of human ecology are described, and their strengths and weaknesses are assessed. Finally, an alternative conceptual approach -- the systems model of human ecology -- is proposed. In this interactive model, the human social system is seen as being linked to its ecosystem through the interchange of energy, materials, and information.
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Pages/Duration: 37 p.
Appears in Collections:Environment and Policy Institute. Research Reports

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