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

9780759111721

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

Ed. by Bradley B. Walters et al.

AltaMira Press

2008

382 pages

$75.00

Hardcover

GF41

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.

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