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Against the Grain

The Vayda Tradition in Human Ecology and Ecological Anthropology


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To rise to the increasingly urgent challenge of understanding the relationship between human beings and the environment, scholars need to step back and re-evaluate their basic premises about how current explanations should shape the form and content of their research. Against the Grain addresses a variety of topics in the field of human ecology, including ecological anthropology, evolutionary psychology, environmental history, and geography, and challenges scholars to re-think the adequacy of their methods and assumptions. Andrew P. Vayda concludes the volume with a critical commentary on these issues and, more widely, on the subject of explanation. The result is an extremely useful and provocative prZcis for thinking about, re-evaluating, and rectifying scholarly research.

Author Biography

Bradley B. Walters is associate professor of geography & environment at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. Bonnie J. McCay is Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in the Department of Human Ecology. Paige West is assistant professor of anthropology at Barnard College, New York. Susan Lees is professor emerita of anthropology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Release date Australia
December 16th, 2008
Edited by Bonnie J. McCay Edited by Bradley B Walters Edited by Paige West Edited by Susan Lees
Country of Publication
United States
AltaMira Press,U.S.
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