CULTURAL_ECOLOGY.ppt 1

CULTURAL_ECOLOGY.ppt 1 - • cultural values of sharing...

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Cultural Ecology Ecology cultural ecology Humans in interaction with their environment Adaptive strategies culture as dynamic process environmental setting technology (tools, techniques, knowledge) worldview external forces and institutions Maladaptive strategies?
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Carrying Capacity = upper limit on production and population in a given environment Issue is sustainability Factors Technology: tools, techniques, knowledge Types and location of resources Conservation and active management of resources Social organization mobility and flexibility ceremonial and exchange networks
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Unformatted text preview: • cultural values of sharing, interdependence – Population controls Cultural Ecology 2 • Unit of analysis: – population region – small scale commercial scale • Issues: – Environmental determinism v. culture – Social change: acculturation v. assimilation Adaptation, be it biological or cultural, represents a better fit to specific, local environments, not an inevitable stage in a ladder of progress…wheels, like wings, fins, and brains, are exquisite devices for certain purposes, not signs of intrinsic superiority." - Stephen Jay Gould, 1983...
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