Printer Friendly

Against the grain; the Vayda tradition in human ecology and ecological anthropology.


Against the grain; the Vayda tradition in human ecology and ecological anthropology.

Ed. by Bradley B. Walters et al.

AltaMira Press


382 pages




Twenty-nine international academics, researchers, and development consultants contribute 19 essays, many of which were first presented at a 2003 special session of the American Anthropological Association in Chicago, honoring the retirement of ecological anthropologist, Andrew Vayda. The authors present lines of research and thinking in human ecology--encompassing anthropology, geography, biology, and other fields--which critically explore Vayda's thinking in relation to their own work and challenge scholars to rethink the adequacy of their methods and assumptions. Topics discussed include warfare, evolutionary anthropology, environment and development, people-forest interactions, indigenous knowledge, and research methodology. The text concludes with an essay by Vayda responding to issues raised by the other papers in the book and promoting a pragmatic but logically and evidentially defensible approach to research and explanation in human ecology, ecological anthropology, and the social sciences, in general.

([c]20082005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)
COPYRIGHT 2008 Book News, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2008 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Reference & Research Book News
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Aug 1, 2008
Previous Article:The seven deadly virtues and other lively essays; coming of age as a writer, teacher, risk taker.
Next Article:Information operations--doctrine and practice; a reference handbook.

Related Articles
Evolution, Ecology, Conservation, and Management of Hawaiian Birds: a Vanishing Avifuana.
The Ecological Transition: Cultural Anthropology and Human Adaptation. (reprint, 1976).
Restoration ecology; the new frontier.
Environment in Anthropology: A Reader in Ecology, Culture, and Sustainable Living.
People and Nature: An Introduction to Human Ecological Relations.
Essentials of ecology, 4th ed.
African sacred groves; ecological dynamics and social change.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters