(noun) The study of how groups of people interact with and adapt to their environment.
Example: A cultural ecologist would study how societies adopt subsistence strategies depending on their environment and social factors.
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- Plural: cultural ecologies
- Term coined by Julian Steward (1902–1972) and discussed in his work Theory of Culture Change: The Methodology of Multilinear Evolution (1955).
- Cultural ecology contends that culture is the primary mechanism by which societies understand and give meaning to their environment.
- Not to be confused with human ecology.
- Additional cultural ecology scholars include:
- Also called ecological anthropology.
- cultural environment
- hunting and gathering
- physical environment
- slash and burn
- subsistence strategy
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How to Cite the Definition of Cultural Ecology
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “cultural ecology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 27, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-ecology/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
cultural ecology. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-ecology/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “cultural ecology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 27, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-ecology/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“cultural ecology.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 27 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-ecology/>.