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human ecology

Definition of Human Ecology

(noun) The social science that studies the relationship between people and their built or natural environment.

Human Ecology Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: hu·man e·col·o·gy

Audio Pronunciation

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International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈhjumən iˈkɑləʤi/
  • British English – /ˈhjuːmən ɪˈkɒləʤi/

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Cite the Definition of Human Ecology

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “human ecology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/human-ecology/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

human ecology. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/human-ecology/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “human ecology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/human-ecology/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“human ecology.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/human-ecology/>.