Talk:Ecological anthropology

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can the person who made all the citations in the first paragraph please make a source section? Thanks Bingbong

Compiling Notes & Links for Expansion[edit]

Herwith, initial growing, arranged compilation of notes for proposed expansion:

Bruceanthro (talk) 17:47, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

Merge Holism in ecological anthropology[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section. A summary of the conclusions reached follows.
Not much discussion on this after over three years, but there doesn't appear to be any opposition to merging and the topics appear to be identical. Merged. WTF? (talk) 14:06, 24 January 2013 (UTC)

The above orphaned, unreferenced article apparently referring to a concept fundamental to ecological anthropology, oought be merged into this ecological anthropology article (as well as verified and referenced etc) .. as part of overall expansion of the ecological anthropolgy article. Agreed? Any concerns?? Bruceanthro (talk) 00:11, 9 August 2009 (UTC)

  • Agreed. I don't see any rationale for keeping the two separate, especially since both are stubs. Then again I have skepticism that this field exists at all. Nursethisviper (talk) 07:29, 2 December 2009 (UTC)

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Could someone explain what the difference is between ecological anthropology and human geography? If I had to define human geography I would basically give the exact same definition as this article uses for ecological anthropology. This is especially true given this field's focus on "time and space", which has always been the hallmark of geography. (talk) 07:23, 2 December 2009 (UTC) EDIT: I accidentally posted the above when not signed in. Nursethisviper (talk) 07:29, 2 December 2009 (UTC)

Relation to Environmental anthropology?[edit]

What is the relation between the topic of this article and Environmental anthropology? Should the two articles be merged? DA Sonnenfeld (talk) 23:39, 6 November 2011 (UTC)

The article still does not make clear the distinction between Ecological anthropology and Environmental anthropology. Throw in ethnoecology as well. Thanks, DA Sonnenfeld (talk) 03:04, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

Article Expansion, Source Additions, and Addressing Some Talk Page Comments[edit]

I plan to expand the article of Ecological Anthropology by utilizing the Mount Allison University journal data base to locate relevant academic materials. I have already found many articles on this subject of Ecological Anthropology to assist in this task. Not only do I plan on adding to the existing content of the article but I will be adding a section covering the criticisms of the approach. The next task is to address some of the concerns voiced over the ecological anthropology article.

Geography and Anthropology are both disciplines in the social sciences. Contemporary geography tends to be divided into two different but related disciplines, human and physical, and in turn each has their own sub-disciplines. Contemporary human geography “includes revitalized regional and landscape approaches, takes an ongoing interest in spatial analysis, is increasingly concerned with applied issues in the global context, and has a continually expanding technological component”[1]. The discipline of geography has evolved over time to its current form and continues to change as you read this. The discipline of Anthropology has evolved over time as well and has been divided and sub divided in a similar fashion. Ecological Anthropology is defined as the study of cultural adaptations to environments [1]. Another extended definition of ecological anthropology (cultural ecology) is as “that field focused on how cultural beliefs and practices helped human populations adapt to their environments and how people used elements of their culture to maintain their ecosystems[1]. In terms of Human Geography and Ecological Anthropology there are many similarities between each discipline. Both are concerned with the Human/Environment relationship but each approach the subject differently. The spatial component of geography is what separates it from anthropology and anthropology is concerned primarily with human species and ancestors. Both may share similar aspects like many other interdisciplinary social science disciplines but they are not so similar to be considered the same.

Ecological Anthropology and Environmental Anthropology are related and may justify merging the two articles in some respect but there is also some justification in keeping them separate. This is due to the fact that today, Ecological Anthropology is considered Environmental Anthropology, and its goal is to not only understand but to help find solutions to environmental problems [1]. The disciplines of Environmental Anthropology and Ecological Anthropology are the same in terms of evolution of the discipline because one evolved from critiques of the other in addressing an increasing globalized world. The two approaches are different and remain separate in Anthropology textbooks but once the field’s evolution is presented one becomes aware of their difference yet aware also of their commonality. Shawn McEachern (talk) 03:11, 6 March 2012 (UTC)

Environment and Society Peer Review[edit]

I have added this section in hopes of receiving some peer reviews and suggestions on how to improve upon this article via my fellow students from the Environment and Society course. If I do not receive any feed back soon, due to the end of the semester approaching, I will work to improve upon what I have already completed. I look forward to hopefully receiving some feed back, thanks. Shawn McEachern (talk) 16:24, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Time is running short and the peer reviews/edits were to have been completed by now. I have run out of time to contribute to this article/exercise but I may add more to the article during the summer months to keep my mind active. To the two individuals that signed up to do peer reviews of my article I have given you notice above this entry that your efforts were needed in order to complete this exercise for this class. However, since no efforts have been made after the previous post I will most likely not consider any material you submit after today due to the time constraints I am facing during this busy time of year. I understand that you both are busy as well and I wish you luck in the rest of your year. Cheers! Shawn McEachern (talk) 14:13, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

Very sorry not to have replied promptly. The revisions you made have been very effective, particularly the addition of needed citations. If you have time after the semester ends it would be interesting to find some case studies of work done in the field of ecological anthropology. Additionally, the criticism section could be expanded in a similar manner with particular examples. Mpdowne (talk) 18:15, 29 March 2012 (UTC)


  1. ^ a b c d Kottak, Conrad (2011). "24". Anthropology: Appreciating Human Diversity (14 ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. pp. 579–584. ISBN 780078116995 Check |isbn= value (help).