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Human Ecology
Human ecology

While researching for this entry on human ecology, the author perused books and articles about ecology, biology, geography, and anthropology; human ecology uses all these disciplines, and more, toward its own end. Human ecology refuses to condense its focus into one approach; it investigates many approaches to a problem. This investigation method involves all the above mentioned disciplines. However, because its focus is so broad, no one agrees on a concrete definition of human ecology. In an attempt to reveal its definition, this article describes theories, research, and case studies in this field.


What happens when the two words composing human ecology are defined separately and then combined? A common definition for human is “a bipedal primate mammal (Homo sapiens): man” (Mish, 2004). ...

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