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ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY IN HUMAN ECOLOGY

ANNA SINIARSKA (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland and CINVESTAV- Merida, Mexico) and

FEDERICO H. DICKINSON B. (CINVESTAV-Merida, Mexico)

1996 • Pages: 348 • Size: 180 × 240 mm • ISBN 81-85264-15-5 • Binding: Hard •

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ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Human ecology is a synthetic transdisciplinary science concerned with human life and culture as a dynamic component of ecosystems. Typical of an interdisciplinary science is an approach which integrates topics under study across the usual traditional or classical branches of science Human ecology synthesizes part of the knowledge of several classical disciplines in a specific way. Of the many possible research orientations for understanding the relationship of people to their environment, not all are ecological, and only a few can be considered human ecology. More than 50 per cent of accumulated human knowledge is related to the study of man and some aspect of our environment. If we called all this knowledge human ecology, it would be a meaningless generalization, Because science has been based on the study of specific topics, for example such classic disciplines as physics, geology, biology, anthropology, and interactions such as genetics and ecology, or problems such as auxology and evolution, human ecology provides a definitetransdisciplinary approach to study by assuming specific perspectives. Human ecology may be considered to have two parallel foci: (1) an academic human ecology as a scientific discipline, and

(2) an action oriented human ecology which is technological (environmental engineering, environmental preservation, environmental education, and health protection against environmental deterioration.) In human ecology several categorical divisions and research perspectives may be defined and delimited into 4 main groups: 1 Philosophical problems of human ecology; 2. Social and biological problems of the human environment 3. Ecological problems of human biology 4. Cultural adaptive behavior. The works of about one hundred ninety persons were classified and included in this volume there are abstracts from others whose addresses are not included (sent by other authors, or by other institutions) but worthy of being added.

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

I. PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS OF HUMAN ECOLOGY (P)

  1. Notion and history of human ecology
  2. Conceptual human ecology, theory
  3. Bioethics, ecological values

II. SOCIAL AND BIOLOGICAL PROBLEMS OF HUMAN ENVIRONMENTS (S)

  1. Environmental pollution of: air, food, soil and water
  2. Environmental management and conservation (legislation)
  3. Ecological politics and economics, sustainable development
  4. Urban ecology
  5. Ethnic ecology - traditional use of natural resources

III. ECOLOGICAL PROBLEMS OF HUMAN BIOLOGY (E)

  1. Human growth and development as adjustments, physique
  2. Aging and adaptation to environment
  3. Biological adaptability (mechanism of adaptative changes)
  4. Environmental physiology (organismal level of adaptation)
  5. Ecology of health and diseases (epidemiology)
  6. Ecology of nutrition a) nutritional status b) food and nutrition
  7. Ecological of human settlements, households and family
  8. Biological effects of demographic changes a) demography b) paleodemography
  9. Genetics of human populations (gene diversity related to environment)
  10. Secular changes and environment

IV. CULTURAL ADAPTATIONAL BEHAVIOUR (C)

  1. Culture as means of adaptation
  2. Education for environment, strategies, in research and education
  3. Health environment and behavior, sociobiology of human population,

Authors’ Index, Authors’ Addresses and Areas of Interest

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