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The XXIst International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology (SHE)

Shaping a Liveable Future: Research – Education – Policy

Santa Ana, California April 12 – 15, 2016

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SHE 2015 membership is now open. You can become a member online by clicking this link You can find more details and other news here.

Human Ecology Review Vol 21 (1) Out Now

b-thumb-ecology211 In This Issue

Movement–Countermovement Dynamics in a Land Use Controversy

Bridging Activism and the Academy: Exposing Environmental Injustices Through the Feminist Ethnographic Method of Photovoice

Indigenous Plants: Key Role Players in Community Horticulture Initiatives

The Degradation of Nature and the Growth of Environmental Concern: Toward a Theory of the Capture and Limits of Ecological Value

A Human Ecology Approach to Environmental Inequality: A County-Level Analysis of Natural Disasters and the Distribution of Landfills in the Southeastern United States

Trust and Skepticism in Dynamic Tension: Concepts and Empirical Refinements From Research on the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak in Alberta, Canada

Shared Principles of Restoration Practice in the Chicago Wilderness Region

Human Ecology Review is available online in open access format here.

Recently Reviewed

Ecology and Experience: Reflections From a Human Ecological Perspective
By Richard J. Borden
Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 454 pp., 2014
ISBN: 978-1-58394-772-2
Reviewed by Thomas J. Burns1

Borden_bookThis book is unique. It reads as several books in one, woven together by the author’s personal and professional experience. It is a history of the discipline of human ecology, and at the same time it is Richard Borden’s personal memoir and musings over the course of a long and rich career as an academic and human ecologist.

As Borden has spent the majority of his career at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine (which has one, and only one, major—Human Ecology), much of what he brings together in the discipline of human ecology and his personal memoirs take place against the backdrop of the college and his life there.

Drawing on the work of Joseph Campell and Rollo May, Borden sets the tone for what is to come in the book, with a thoughtful discussion of the importance of myth and metaphor. Drawing on Campbell’s (1990, p. 101) ideas that “Myths do not have to do with analyzing and scientifically discovering causes … [but rather] … Myth has to do with relating the human being to his [or her] environment,” Borden makes the case that, while looking for causes can in some circumstances be a bona fide pursuit, it is in the end a limited enterprise. Rather, in a Zen-like way, the point is to appreciate and to engage with the environment. In this sense, human ecology becomes part science, part art, and ultimately a spiritual (sans formal religion) venture. As Borden (p. xxi) puts it, “… the power of myth has always been told in the language of poets and artists, whose special gifts go further than what they consciously know.”

Read the full review here



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