Introduction to Human-Environment Interactions Research

  • Emilio F. MoranEmail author
  • Eduardo S. Brondízio
Part of the Human-Environment Interactions book series (HUEN, volume 1)


Contemporary theories about the reciprocal interactions of human beings with the environment are only fully intelligible in the light of the historical roots of such theories. In this introduction we provide an overview of the major Western intellectual currents up to those that are commonly used today. Three main themes help organize this broad array of theories and approaches: environmental determinism, cultural determinism, and human-environment interaction concerned with the processual relationships between people and environment as grounded in historical, social, and ecological contexts. This chapter also provides an overview of the four parts of the book and discusses the coverage, diversity, and parallels in themes and approaches across all chapters.


Institutional Arrangement Institutional Analysis Political Ecology Historical Ecology Cultural Ecology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anthropology, Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change, School of Public and Environmental AffairsIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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