The Genesis, History, and Limits of Carrying Capacity

  title={The Genesis, History, and Limits of Carrying Capacity},
  author={N. F. Sayre},
  journal={Annals of the Association of American Geographers},
  pages={120 - 134}
  • N. F. Sayre
  • Published 2008
  • Geography
  • Annals of the Association of American Geographers
The concept of carrying capacity is employed in a remarkably wide range of disciplines and debates, and it has been forcefully critiqued within numerous fields. Yet its historical origins remain obscure. I identify four major types of uses of carrying capacity: (1) as a mechanical or engineered attribute of manufactured objects or systems, beginning around 1840 in the context of international shipping; (2) as an attribute of living organisms and natural systems, beginning in the 1870s and most… Expand
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