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Understanding Society and Natural Resources

Forging New Strands of Integration Across the Social Sciences

Editors: Manfredo, M.J., Vaske, J.J., Rechkemmer, A., Duke, E.A. (Eds.)

  • This open access book has a Preface by Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Shows how social science integration might lead the way to a sustainable future
  • Embraces complexity and presents practical tools for natural resource scientists and managers to address complex social-ecological problems
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In this edited open access book leading scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds wrestle with social science integration opportunities and challenges. This book explores the growing concern of how best to achieve effective integration of the social science disciplines as a means for furthering natural resource social science and environmental problem solving. The chapters provide an overview of the history, vision, advances, examples and methods that could lead to integration.

The quest for integration among the social sciences is not new. Some argue that the social sciences have lagged in their advancements and contributions to society due to their inability to address integration related issues. Integration merits debate for a number of reasons. First, natural resource issues are complex and are affected by multiple proximate driving social factors. Single disciplinary studies focused at one level are unlikely to provide explanations that represent this complexity and are limited in their ability to inform policy recommendations. Complex problems are best explored across disciplines that examine social-ecological phenomenon from different scales. Second, multi-disciplinary initiatives such as those with physical and biological scientists are necessary to understand the scope of the social sciences. Too frequently there is a belief that one social scientist on a multi-disciplinary team provides adequate social science representation. Third, more complete models of human behavior will be achieved through a synthesis of diverse social science perspectives.

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"This volume is clearly an important contribution to the literature with a proper blending of different disciplines that would help us understand the interface between human society and natural resources in an integral manner." (Dr. R.K Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • A Vision of the Future of Science: Reintegrating of the Study of Humans and the Rest of Nature

    Costanza, Robert

    Pages 3-24

  • Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB): Integrating Social Science and the Humanities into Solving Sustainability Challenges

    Kelman, Ilan (et al.)

    Pages 25-43

  • Science During Crisis: The Application of Interdisciplinary and Strategic Science During Major Environmental Crises

    Machlis, Gary E. (et al.)

    Pages 47-65

  • Who’s Afraid of Thomas Malthus?

    Friedrichs, Jörg

    Pages 67-92

  • A Conceptual Framework for Analyzing Social-Ecological Models of Emerging Infectious Diseases

    Finucane, Melissa L. (et al.)

    Pages 93-109

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  • ISBN 978-94-017-8959-2
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Society and Natural Resources
Book Subtitle
Forging New Strands of Integration Across the Social Sciences
Editors
  • Michael J. Manfredo
  • Jerry J. Vaske
  • Andreas Rechkemmer
  • Esther A. Duke
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-8959-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-8959-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-8958-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 261
Number of Illustrations and Tables
36 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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