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The Structure and Dynamics of Human EcosystemsToward a Model for Understanding and Action$
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William R Burch, Gary E Machlis, and Jo Ellen Force

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300137033

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300137033.001.0001

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Extending the Capability of the Model

Extending the Capability of the Model

(p.210) Eleven Extending the Capability of the Model
The Structure and Dynamics of Human Ecosystems

William R. Burch Jr.

Gary E. Machlis

Jo Ellen Force

Yale University Press

This chapter explains the significance of building better capability in forecasting the likely consequences of natural resource and environmental decisions. The goal here is not just to know what is connected but also to identify which connections are most critical in balancing risk and benefit. At the core of this analysis are the hierarchical variables of territory, status, and power, along with the identity variables of age, gender, and class, all of which come from the social order component. The chapter connects these to the population variable from the socioeconomic resource component. Meanwhile, the biophysical resources component provides a shifting set of variables such as land, energy, air, water, and flora and fauna, as do the individual and institutional cycles of change and the flows of individuals (immigration and emigration).

Keywords:   capability, natural resource, environmental decisions, social order, socioeconomic resource, biophysical resources

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