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DEVELOPMENT OF ECOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY As discussed in Vayda & Rappaport reading [V&R], there have been various approaches to relation between human societies and their environments in the history of Western scholarly thought First 2 perspectives environmental determinism and possibilism are really precursors of ecological anthro, but provided part of context in which it developed My primary interest in these is not historical, but rather in the ways in which they illustrate certain logical problems that can arise in analyzing relationship between culture and environment In particular, since many people (esp. critics of ecological approach) still mistakenly equate ecological explanations with environmental determinism, it's important to grasp why this equation is wrong Environmental Determinism Environmental determinism (ED) has deep roots in Western thought (e.g., Hippocrates' theory of "humours" from ancient Greece)
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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