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“We need more books like this! Moran provides a wonderfully accessible and compelling introduction to the greatest issue of our times. This book is required reading to understand the all-too-human dimension of the environmental crisis and why there is real hope for recovery.”
Tom Lovejoy, The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment <!--end-->


“Vintage Emilio Moran! A highly readable, well grounded and insightful stock- taking of human environmental relations—a perspective that will be highly valued by both students and others concerned with an enlightened view of how our species manages or mismanages its habitat.”
Daniel G. Bates, Hunter College, CUNY, and Editor, Human Ecology


“In this original and thoughtful book, Moran leads readers from the past history of human interactions with natural ecosystems through the present crisis of environmental sustainability and into the future, noting serious challenges, and positive trends as well.”
Ben Orlove, University of California Davis, and Editor, Current Anthropology

"Moran...provides a primer of the field for beginning students, covering current environmental problems from an anthropological perspective and looking to hunter-gatherers, early farmers, and other ancient and traditional peoples for comparison. Students can learn what they can do to make the world simpler and better. Recommended for libraries serving high school and undergraduate students, and anyone interested in living more wisely."
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"Those among us who would like to better understand the intricate interaction between knowledge on environmental issues and societal reactions will most definitely profit from this little book, which can be whole heartedly recommended."
Environmental Geology

"The major themes of People and Nature provide a menu rich enough to satisfy any beginning student of ecological anthropology."
BioScience

"People and Nature is the first volume published within the series titled Primers in Anthropology. The aim of the series is to offer a lively overview on a traditional area of anthropological study, an aim which Moran's book no doubt accomplishes."
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“We need more books like this! Moran provides a wonderfully accessible and compelling introduction to the greatest issue of our times. This book is required reading to understand the all-too-human dimension of the environmental crisis and why there is real hope for recovery.”
–Tom Lovejoy, The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment

“Vintage Emilio Moran! A highly readable, well grounded and insightful stock- taking of human environmental relations—a perspective that will be highly valued by both students and others concerned with an enlightened view of how our species manages or mismanages its habitat.”
–Daniel G. Bates, Hunter College, CUNY, and Editor, Human Ecology

“In this original and thoughtful book, Moran leads readers from the past history of human interactions with natural ecosystems through the present crisis of environmental sustainability and into the future, noting serious challenges, and positive trends as well.”
Ben Orlove, University of California Davis, and Editor, Current Anthropology

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (February 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405105720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405105729
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fernando F. Aransay on December 11, 2012
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As stated in its title, this book should focus on introducing the layman to its subject matter, particularly on account of its modest extension (the price is not so modest, though), and I think it half fails to do so.

The first part is, indeed, a quick review of human ecological relations, and it thus serves its purpose albeit in a very synthetic way. In fact, too synthetic to my taste, but maybe this volume is too "introductory" for what I aimed at (and then it is only me to blame for that).

However, in the second part, Mr. Moran blurs his good job by gradually winding himself in a goodwill speech about the way we should behave if we are to remain on this planet any longer (and if the planet itself is to survive mankind as a pest). I think this was not publicised in the title of the book or of its sections, and it diminished rather than enhanced its value. This space could have been used to better weave the explanations of the first part, which are scant sometimes. Instead, I had to go through many paragraphs of political or philosophical content which I thought never belonged there (even if I very much agree with Mr. Moran's opinions).

Last but not least, being an introduction some help with bibliography and further reading would have been very welcome. The author simply states his sources and references (as he very well must, of course) without offering any clues to the reader.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chanyoung on January 15, 2015
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