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Edited by: Jules Pretty

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2006 |
    • Online Publication Date: April 03, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446261521 |
    • Print ISBN: 9781412918428 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446261521 |
    • Series: Key Issues for the Twenty-First Century |
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This four-volume set explores the locations where the environment matters most such as where people are poor, where environments are under threat (such as on frontiers), where there are few natural resources remaining, and where industrialization is rampant. It will also explore these concerns at different system levels, from local-community, to regional, national and global. It will also explore costs of damage to the very resources on which economies rely, and the values of environmental goods and services and the controversies surrounding such valuations.

It is organized around environment-people interactions (livelihoods, poverty, income, economic growth); environment-environment interactions (do people matter?); and people-people interactions (collective action challenges, institutions). These interactions can be one-way and extractive, or two-way and mutually-shaping. The papers will also address the question of ...

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    Overview to the Four Volumes
    Connections to nature

    For most of human history, our daily lives have been played out close to the land. Since hominid divergence from the apes, we have been hunter-gatherers for some 300,000 generations, then mostly agriculturalists for 600, and finally industrialised in many parts of the world for just 8–10 generations. Many people still have close connections to nature and the land. Yet, in industrialised countries most no longer have these connections. In developing countries, many are still closely connected, yet are tragically locked into poverty and hunger. A connectedness to place is no kind of desirable life if it brings only a single meal a day, or children unable to attend school for lack of food and books, or ...

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