Human Ecology

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Articles from Vol. 31, No. 4, December

Diversity, Risk Mediation, and Change in a Trans-Himalayan Agropastoral System
We describe the diversity and dynamism of social, agricultural, and livestock husbandry practices in a traditional mountain production system in the Indian Trans-Himalaya. These are interpreted in the context of their role in mediating environmental...
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Driving Bison and Blackfoot Science
Archaeological and ethnohistorical evidence of "buffalo jumping" is concentrated in Blackfoot (Nitsitapi) territory. Although the "hardware" of buffalo jumps has been documented extensively, little is known of the "software," in particular the skills...
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Fishing Behavior and Decision-Making in an Ecuadorian Community: A Scaled Approach
Debate over how people behave in an open access environment is ongoing in both the social sciences and natural resource management circles. Central to this debate is the question of driving forces behind decisions and behavior toward natural resources...
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Nutritional Consequences of Wealth Differentials in East African Pastoralists: The Case of the Datoga of Northern Tanzania
Among African pastoralists evidence that wealth is associated with other measures of household success is scant and the significance of wealth differentials for family welfare remains poorly understood. Predictions that wealth in livestock is associated...
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The Ecological Economics of Harvesting Sharp-Pointed Rush (Juncus Acutus) in the Kizilirmak Delta, Turkey
The sustainable harvest of aquatic vegetation is not accounted for in the national economy, in decision-making, and environmental policy in the Kizilirmak Delta, a Ramsar wetland of international importance and a major agricultural area on the Black...
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The Xavante in Transition: Health, Ecology, and Bioanthropology in Central Brazil
The Xavante in Transition: Health, Ecology, and Bioanthropology in Central Brazil. By Carlos E. A. Coimbra Jr., Nancy Flowers, Francisco M. Salzano, and Ricardo Santos. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, MI, 2002, 344 pp., index. Coimbra,...
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Viliui Sakha Post-Soviet Adaptation: A Subarctic Test of Netting's Smallholder-Householder Theory
The Sakha of northeastern Siberia, Russia, are the highest latitude contemporary agropastoralists practicing horse and cattle husbandry. In the last 100 years their rural livelihood has gone from household-level subsistence food production in clan...
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