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Human Ecology: Basic Concepts for Sustainable Development

By: Gerald G Marten

238 pages, Figs, tabs


Paperback | Dec 2001 | #116290 | ISBN: 1853837148
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Hardback | Dec 2001 | #116291 | ISBN: 185383713X
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Explains how ecosystems are organized and function, the interactions of human social systems with them and how social institutions and processes contribute to or conflict with sustainability.

'An intelligent and fascinating book.' Human Ecology - An Interdisciplinary Journal 'An extremely imaginative, novel and innovative book.' Environment 'A significant contribution to human ecology.' International Journal of Sustainable Development 'Proficiently lays out the groundwork for human ecology as a scientific discipline.' The Ecologist 'It deserves to be widely read.' Economic Geography Research Group 'One would be hard-pressed to find a clearer, more complete, and more usable introductory text for the application of systems concepts to human ecology.' Journal of Applied Environmental Education and Communication 'A valuable text for educating students in the basic concepts of ecology and human interactions.' Environmental Practice


Introduction * Populations and Feedback Systems * Human Population * Ecosystems and Social Systems as Complex Adaptive Systems * Ecosystem Organization * Ecological Succession * Coevolution and Coadaptation of Human Social Systems and Ecosystems * Ecosystem Services * Perceptions of Nature * Unsustainable Human-Ecosystem Interaction * Sustainable Human-Ecosystem Interaction * Examples of Ecologically Sustainable Development * Glossary * Further Reading

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Gerald G Marten is a professor at the School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan, and author of Traditional Agriculture in Southeast Asia.

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