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100 1 González de Molina, Manuel,|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities
245 14 The social metabolism :|ba socio-ecological theory of
historical change /|cManuel Gonzalez de Molina, Victor M.
264 1 Cham :|bSpringer,|c2014.
300 1 online resource (xxiv, 355 pages) :|billustrations (some
338 online resource|bcr|2rdacarrier
347 text file|2rdaft|0http://rdaregistry.info/termList/
490 1 Environmental History,|x2211-9019 ;|vvolume 3
504 Includes bibliographical references and index.
505 0 Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Environmental
history as sustainability science -- 3. Social metabolism:
origins, history, approaches and main publications -- 4.
The basic model -- 5. Social metabolism at the local scale
-- 6. Social metabolism at the regional scale -- 7. Social
metabolism at the national and global scales -- 8. Global
metabolism -- 9. The cinegetic or extractive mode of
social metabolism -- 10. The organic metabolism -- 11. The
industrial metabolism -- 12. A non-cybernetic theory of
social metabolism -- 13. Metabolic transitions: a theory
of socioecological transformation -- 14. Epilogue:
metabolisms, entropy and sustainable society.
520 Today, the most notable feature of the modern world is the
growing concern for the future, since human society is
immersed in a 'giant, uncontrolled experiment' (McNeill,
2000), which it has caused, where natural and social
processes are connected in an unprecedented way,
generating new unpredictable and surprising dynamics and
synergies that are threatening the human species,
planetary equilibrium and the whole of life itself. Faced
with the above situation, science as a whole is compelled
to look back in order to learn from the past (lessons),
and to adopt a rigorous historical perspective that will
provide a thorough understanding of current situations
from a socio-ecological perspective, capable of
orchestrating interdisciplinary research into relations
between society and nature. Over this last decade, the
concept of social metabolism has gained prestige as a
theoretical instrument for the required analysis, to such
an extent that there are now dozens of researchers,
hundreds of articles and several books that have adopted
and use this concept. However, there is a great deal of
variety in terms of definitions and interpretations, as
well as different methodologies around this concept, which
prevents the consolidation of a unified field of new
knowledge. The fundamental aim of the book is to conduct a
review of the past and present usage of the concept of
social metabolism, its origins and history, as well as the
main currents or schools that exist around this concept.
At the same time, the reviews and discussions included are
used by the authors as starting points to draw conclusions
and propose a theory of socio-ecological transformations.
The theoretical and methodological innovations of this
book include: a. the rigorous definition of a basic model
for the process of social metabolism; b. the distinction
of two types of metabolic processes: tangible and
intangible; c. detailed discussion regarding the concept
of nature appropriation; d. analysis of the social
metabolism at different scales (spatial dimension); e.
historical analysis of the social metabolism (temporal
dimension and socio-ecological change); f. overcoming the
merely 'systemic' or 'cybernetic' nature of approaches,
giving protagonism to collective action; and consequence
and explanation of the above: g. integration of an ethical
and political dimension to the theory.
588 0 Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink,
viewed July 14, 2014).
650 0 Social ecology.|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/
655 4 Electronic books.
700 1 Toledo, Víctor Manuel,|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/
776 08 |iPrinted edition:|z9783319063577
830 0 Environmental history (Springer (Firm)) ;|0http://
990 SpringerLink|bSpringer English/International eBooks 2014 -
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