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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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Goals, Strategies, and Tactics for Inquiry and Action

Goals, Strategies, and Tactics for Inquiry and Action

Chapter:
(p.102) Seven Goals, Strategies, and Tactics for Inquiry and Action
Source:
The Structure and Dynamics of Human Ecosystems
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William R. Burch Jr.

Gary E. Machlis

Jo Ellen Force

Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300137033.003.0007

This chapter presents a version of human ecology called practical ecology. It argues that the application of the Human Ecosystem Model (HEM) as an organizing concept for resource management, environmental decision-making, and human ecological research is both real-world and worldly. Ecosystem theory is to be tempered by the complexity of practice. In formulating the HEM, the scientists’ inspiration comes from the work of Goethe, who was both a scientist and a poet. The challenge of combining art and science brings these scientists closer to Goethe’s ideal. They emphasize that the HEM is a menu of possibility organized by a logical structure that permits one to learn how the components and variables of the human ecosystem respond to particular forces of environmental change.

Keywords:   practical ecology, human ecology, human ecosystem, resource management, environmental decision-making, Goethe, art, science, Human Ecosystem Model

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