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The Impact of Human Activities on the Physical and Social Environments: New Directions in Anthropological Ecology

Montgomery, Edward and Bennett, John W. and Scudder, Thayer (1973) The Impact of Human Activities on the Physical and Social Environments: New Directions in Anthropological Ecology. Annual Review of Anthropology, 2 . pp. 27-61. ISSN 0084-6570. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20161019-102805668

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Abstract

The rapidly accumulating evidence of danger associated with the human use of the earth has caught most of the sciences unprepared to mount the intensive and necessarily collaborative attack on the problem. Underlying the lack of preparation is the anthropocentric viewpoint of our industrial civilization: that the earth exists for the satisfaction of human needs and wants. Anthropology is no stranger to this idea: for a century, anthropological theory has visualized technological development and the growth of civilization as a triumph of human endeavor; culture has been defined as man's chief mode of adaptation to the natural environment, but for "adaptation," one must often read "exploitation."


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Additional Information:© 1973 Annual Reviews. Prepared by J. W. Bennett, who also served as general editor of the symposium. The three contributions were written separately, then circulated among the three authors. All the papers have benefited greatly from this exchange.
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Official Citation:The Impact of Human Activities on the Physical and Social Environments: New Directions in Anthropological Ecology Edward Montgomery, John W. Bennett, and Thayer Scudder Annual Review of Anthropology, Vol. 2: 27 -61 (Volume publication date October 1973)
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