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Principles of Social Ecology

Social ecology integrates the study of human and natural ecosystems through understanding the interrelationships of culture and nature. It advances a critical, holistic world view and suggests that creative human enterprise can construct an alternative future, reharmonizing people's relationship to the natural world by reharmonizing their relationship with each other. This interdisciplinary approach draws on studies in the natural sciences, feminism, anthropology and philosophy to provide a coherent radical critique of current anti-ecological trends, and to offer a reconstructive, communitarian and ethical approach to social life. In response to the challenge of creating an ecological society, social ecology provides a critical analysis and suggests a process for building sustainable community structures through the integration of theory and practice.