448 pages, illustrations
Human ecology--the study and practice of relationships between the natural and the social environment--has gained prominence as scholars seek more effectively to engage with pressing global concerns. In the past seventy years most human ecology has skirted the fringes of geography, sociology and biology. This volume pioneers radical new directions. In particular, it explores the power of indigenous and traditional peoples' epistemologies both to critique and to complement insights from modernity and postmodernity. Aimed at an international readership, its contributors show that an inter-cultural and transdisciplinary approach is required. The demands of our era require a scholarship of ontological depth: an approach that can not just debate issues, but also address questions of practice and meaning.
Organized into three sections--Head, Heart and Hand--this volume covers the following key research areas: Theories of Human Ecology; Indigenous and Wisdom Traditions; Eco-spiritual Epistemologies and Ontology; Research practice in Human Ecology; The researcher-researched relationship; and, Research priorities for a holistic world. With the study of human ecology becoming increasingly imperative, this comprehensive volume will be a valuable addition for classroom use.
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