Sustainability,Human Ecology and the Collapse of Complex Societies: Economic Anthropology and a 21st Century Adaptation

Sustainability,Human Ecology and the Collapse of Complex Societies: Economic Anthropology and a 21st Century Adaptation

By: Niccolo Caldararo (author)Hardback

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Caldararo (anthropology, San Francisco State U.) intends this volume to serve both as an introduction to economic anthropology and as a demonstration of the usefulness of cultural history in the study of the evolution of human institutions. He first reviews the pertinent literature, addressing questions of surplus versus wealth; the relationship be


List of Figures; List of Tables; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I Anthropology and Economics: A Review; 1. Anthropology and the Cosmology of a Modern Economics; 2. Wants, Needs and the Question of Surplus vs. Wealth; 3. Complexity and Stability or Stagnation: Declining Returns and the Business Cycle; 4. Wealth, Consumption, Quality of Life and Standard of Living; 5. The Great Debate: Economists and Anthropologists: The Market and Society, Continued; Part II. Introduction to Hominid Economics; 6. Introduction; 7. Forest Fires, Origins and Myths; 8. Traditional Peoples and Fire; 9. Climate and Fire, Assessing Time's Arrow and the Antiquity of Anthropogenic Fire; 10. Forest Management in Modern and Traditional Society; 11. The Degraded Environment and Homo Sapiens; 12. Co-evolutionary Processes and Environmental Exploitation; 13. Makeup and Nature of Forests: Fire-Adapted Species vs. 'Old Growth' Determining Fire History: Fire Scars, Fire; 14. Histories and Thermal Alteration; 15. Insects, Biomass Reduction and Pesticides; 16. Conclusion: Forests and The Future of Man; Part III Cycles of Growth and Collapse versus the Possibility of Sustainable Societies; 17. Introduction; 18. The Problem of Population and the Nature of Human Society; 19. Consumerism and Sustainability: Japan as an Example; 20. The Evolution of Modern Japan and its Transformation; Part IV The Role of Ideology and Religious Precepts in the Containment and Change of Society: A Modernist View; 21. Ideology and Religious Precepts and Motivations: Why People Work; 22. Fundamentalism versus Globalism; Part V Conclusion; Bibliography; Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780773463240
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 409
  • ID: 9780773463240
  • ISBN10: 0773463240

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