For years ecology has neglected the human role in the discipline. When it has been considered, it has been viewed in negative terms. This book sets out to lay the groundwork for a more meaningful understanding of humankind's interaction with the biosphere. Including contributions from the social as well as natural sciences, the papers consider evidence from South America, the Mississippi Delta, the Great Basin, Thailand, and India and focus on traditional societies where lands are most at risk from the incursion of complex, state-level societies.
This is an important and impressive collection. - Stephen Nugent, Antiquity "I found this book quite fascinating; it will appeal to advanced undergraduates and the research communities of geography, ecology, anthropology, and history." - Journal of Ecology
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