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Social Constructions of the Environment
Social constructions of the environment

The variable relationship between humans and their environments is a major tradition within the discipline of geography. At various times in the past, this relationship has been considered by geographers and by others to be deterministic, that is, the idea that, if researchers know enough about a particular localized environment, they can be pretty certain about how humans behave there. Or, from the opposite angle, if researchers know enough about how humans behave, they can predict how they will interact with their local environment. Such determinism eventually gave way to a more probabilistic understanding of this relationship between humans and their environments in which some uncertainty is involved, necessitating a much more qualified theoretical stance on ...

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