Foundations of Human Ecology

@article{Catton1994FoundationsOH,
  title={Foundations of Human Ecology},
  author={W. Catton},
  journal={Sociological Perspectives},
  year={1994},
  volume={37},
  pages={75 - 95}
}
  • W. Catton
  • Published 1994
  • Sociology
  • 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… Expand
Critical Human Ecology: Historical Materialism and Natural Laws*
We lay the foundations for a critical human ecology (CHE) that combines the strengths of the biophysical human ecology tradition in environmental sociology with those of historical materialism. WeExpand
Conceptualizing Transdisciplinary Human Ecology
Broadening theoretical and methodological underpinnings will help human ecology professionals remain effective in responding to complex crises facing humanity (e.g., climate change, environmentalExpand
The Unfolding of a Human Ecology, 1890 to 1930—and Beyond
This article discusses how American geography and sociology began their university institutionalization in the 1890s with some very similar disciplinary points of origin and understanding of theirExpand
Sustainability and Environmental Sociology: Putting the Economy in its Place and Moving Toward an Integrative Socio-Ecology
The vague, yet undoubtedly desirable, notion of sustainability has been discussed and debated by many natural and social scientists. We argue that mainstream conceptions of sustainability, and theExpand
Human Geography and Ecological Sociology
  • M. Gross
  • Sociology
  • Social Science History
  • 2004
This article discusses how American geography and sociology began their university institutionalization in the 1890s with some very similar disciplinary points of origin and understanding of theirExpand
Re-conceptualizing (environmental) sociology
Despite decades of activity, environmental sociology has not yet achieved its original goal of reorienting the discipline to account for human–ecosystem interdependence. Here, I review criticalExpand
Ecological Habitus:Toward a Better Understanding of Socioecological Relations
There is a clear need to better understand the interdependent relationships between people and the biophysical world. Social science research is essential for such efforts but is not yet widelyExpand
The sound of crashing timber: Moving to an ecological sociology
Jobs versus X species controversies have been analyzed from several perspectives, such as social construction of nature. None consider the ecosystem conditions or the consequences for other ecosystemExpand
Thirty Years of Scholarship and Science on Environment— Society Relationships
By 2008, “environmental sociology” had become a well-established and well-recognized field of sociology, but exactly 30 years earlier, in 1978, it was essentially nonexistent. That was the year thatExpand
Realism without Reductionism: Toward an Ecologically Embedded Sociology
Building off of the path-breaking works of Roy Bhaskar —and in particular his philosophical position of critical realism—this paper works toward a realignment of sociology with the life andExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 77 REFERENCES
Toward a Theoretical System of Human Ecology
There is no aspect of society that is in greater need of sociological study than is man's increasingly efficient organization for providing himself with a quantity and variety of material goods. InExpand
Human Ecology: A Theoretical Essay
"Human Ecology: A Theoretical Essay," by Amos Hawley, presents for the first time a unified theory of human ecology by a scholar whose name is virtually synonymous with the discipline. Focused on theExpand
Succession and success: A new look at an old concept
The concept of “succession,” originally borrowed from plant ecologists, has been employed fruitfully by sociologists for over half a century. Social scientists. however, have tended to use theExpand
Ecology and Our Endangered Life-Support Systems
TLDR
This new book, by one of the world's most distinguished ecologists, provides a review of the holistic or "big picture" principles of ecology, and stresses the point of view that ecosystem theory provides a common denominator for people and nature. Expand
The Concept of Community in Human Ecology
Anyone concerned about the present ecological crisis would be hard pressed to find much literature on the subject contributed by sociologists. Reviews of the literature on air pollution, for exampleExpand
Ecology and Human Ecology
government control tends to promote equal distribution of whatever advantages are derived from planning. Our open-class philosophy and broad educational base would tend to make planning for theExpand
Struggling with human exemptionalism: The rise, decline and revitalization of environmental sociology
The emergence of environmental sociology in the 1970s, the decline of interest it experienced in the the early 1980s, and its revitalization since the late 1980s are described and linked to trends inExpand
Carrying Capacity and the Death of a Culture: A Tale of Two Autopsies*
Issues associated with the phrase “sustainable development” are clarified by careful analysis of the meaning of carrying capacity. In their impressions of carrying capacity's effects, twoExpand
British Ecology During the Past Quarter-Century: The Plant Community and the Ecosystem
TLDR
It is an interesting and on the whole a cheering exercise to look back over the quartercentury that has elapsed since the foundation of the Society, to compare my estimate of the position of British ecology in 1914 with what the authors may say of it to-day, and to contemplate the good work that has been done during the period, and the promise of the future. Expand
From Social System to Ecosystem
' All science proceeds by a selective ordering of data by means of conceptual schemes. Although the formulation and application of conceptual schemes are recognized to entail, at some stage ofExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...