Redefining Nature: Ecology, Culture and Domestication R.F. Ellen

ISBN: 9781859731352

Published: April 1st 1996

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664 pages


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Redefining Nature: Ecology, Culture and Domestication  by  R.F. Ellen

Redefining Nature: Ecology, Culture and Domestication by R.F. Ellen
April 1st 1996 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 664 pages | ISBN: 9781859731352 | 5.45 Mb

- How can anthropology improve our understanding of the interrelationship between nature and culture?- What can anthropology contribute to practical debates which depend on particular definitions of nature, such as that concerning sustainableMore- How can anthropology improve our understanding of the interrelationship between nature and culture?- What can anthropology contribute to practical debates which depend on particular definitions of nature, such as that concerning sustainable development?Humankind has evolved over several million years by living in and utilizing nature and by assimilating it into culture.

Indeed, the technological and cultural advancement of the species has been widely acknowledged to rest upon human domination and control of nature. Yet, by the 1960s, the idea of culture in confrontation with nature was being challenged by science, philosophy and the environmental movement.Anthropology is increasingly concerned with such issues as they become more urgent for humankind as a whole. This important book reviews the current state of the concepts of nature we use, both as scientific devices and ideological constructs, and is organised around three themes:- nature as a cultural construction-- the cultural management of the environment- and- relations between plants, animals and humans.



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