The Approaches Of Cultural Ecology And Ecological Anthropology

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Describe the approaches of cultural ecology and ecological anthropology: What are their core concepts and how are they similar and also different? Choose a contemporary environmental issue, and discuss how you could apply a cultural ecology and an ecological anthropology approach to that issue. Anthropology’s roots come from the early 1900s during the industrial revolution. Julian steward was a famous pioneer anthropologist who brought a balance between theory and empiricism, he said, “There are no theories without the concept of facts, but facts only exists with the concept of theory. Steward hypothesized that there are regularities in adaption and that its systematic, therefore by studying different populations over time we should be able to identify some of the patterns that can help us learn about a specific range of culture(not all of it.) Steward was curious to see weather these adaptions bring about changes or evolutionary change. The major difference between the old ecological anthropology and the new one is that cultural anthropologist are in explaining culture from the perspective of how changes in the environment can affect culture whereas today ecological anthrologists are more interested in how changes in culture can affect the environment (environmental anthropology. He was interested in culture of limited occurrence, things that would only appear sometimes, cultural phenomena interested in explaining the particular not universal patterns—his most famous
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