The Encyclopedia of Human Ecology
Individuals, families, and communities are constantly interacting with their work, social, and personal environments. What is the impact of these interactions on our health, quality of life, and environment? How can we build a healthy future for our children through an understanding of the ecology of human life?
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The first—and only—source to integrate the multiple disciplines and professions exploring the many ways people interact with the natural and designed environments in which we live.
Comprising more than 250 informative entries, The Encyclopedia of Human Ecology examines the interdisciplinary and complex topic of human ecology. Knowledge gathered from disciplines that study individuals and groups is blended with information about the environment from the fields of family science, geography, anthropology, urban planning, and environmental science. At the same time, professions intended to enhance individual and family life—marriage and family therapy, clinical psychology, social work, dietetic and other health professions—are represented alongside those concerned with the preservation, conservation, and management of the environment and its resources.
How rampant are eating disorders among our youth? Are AIDS educational programs effective? What problems do adolescents transitioning into adulthood encounter? Here, four leading scholars in the field have assembled a team of top-tier psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, and other experts to explore these and hundreds of other timely issues.
- 250+ entries on topics such as eating disorders, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, peer group relations, and transitioning to young adulthood
- A diverse group of contributors from the fields of architecture, biology, geology, sociology, psychology, urban planning, and more
- Illustrations and photographs to enhance the coverage
- Biographies of major people in the field
- Covers sociological topics like child care, dating, and retirement
- Examines architectural phenomena, from eco-interiors to shopping malls
- Culls information on human development from related fields such as philosophy, religion, art, literature, and population studies
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"It is difficult to find any source that clearly identifies and explains terms used in the field. Miller's encyclopedia does this effectively. Definitions of terms are easy to understand yet comprehensive. . . . Recommended."
"The editors have succeeded in their ambitious goal of creating a single authoritative source for the study of human ecology. This unique encyclopedia is recommended for academic and large public libraries."
"The authoritative, scholarly articles provide more in-depth information than a general encyclopedia . . . This well-documented resource will prove useful in larger libraries for health, life-skills, psychology, and sociology classes."
"Tracing human ecology back to government-mandated home economics programs of the 1890s, this work emphasizes the importance of an integrated approach to the study of the human condition—an approach that involves the myriad ways humans interact with each other and their environments. Written by experts in public health, biology, sociology, and education, the 250-plus signed articles range in topic from children of alcoholics to indoor air pollution."
"The Encyclopedia of Human Ecology seeks to be the 'single authoritative source' (p. ix) in the field, and it succeeds in doing so without the use of technical prose and jargon . . . people of all intellectual levels may find The Encyclopedia of Human Ecology to be a useful resource. It would be a welcome addition to middle school, high school, and undergraduate libraries."
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