Foundations of Human Ecology

  title={Foundations of Human Ecology},
  author={William Robert Catton},
  journal={Sociological Perspectives},
  pages={75 - 95}
  • W. Catton
  • Published 1 March 1994
  • Environmental Science
  • Sociological Perspectives
As with other sciences, ecology's conceptual foundations emerged long after its origin. Clarification of these foundations should enable human ecology to provide understanding of the fact that industrial civilization causes ecosystem breakdowns. Arthur Tansley's reasons for superseding the community concept and coining the term “ecosystem” need to be known. Sociologists have widely misunderstood the term. Their “ecological complex” is not synonymous with it. Tinkering with ensuing lists of… 
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