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A Multidimensional Approach to Human Ecology

Understanding Human Ecology: Knowledge, Ethics and Politics by Geetha Devi T V, Routledge, Oxon and New York, 2019; pp xii + 227, 695.00.

The book under review, Understanding Human Ecology: Knowledge, Ethics and Politics by Geetha Devi T V, has been adapted from the author’s doctoral research from the School of Social Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala. Her early training in botany orients her interest in the ecology and the environment. In her own words, it is her concern with society that occasioned her shift to the social sciences, and it is in the School of Social Sciences, that she completed her MPhil and PhD studies. The science of human ecology has gained momentum over the last decade, wherein there is a deeper understanding of how anthropogenic activities create a deep impact on the environment, which is, more often than not, irreversible. Having emerged out of her doctoral dissertation, the aim of publishing this book was ostensibly to disseminate data on human–environment interactions and make it more accessible.

The book is divided into five parts, including an introduction and a conclusion. There are six chapters divided under the sections Ethics, Politics, and Knowledge. The organisation of the book is to ensure a flow and linkage between various concepts. Each section comprehensively examines the phenomenon in focus, and the author justifies her stance with literature, albeit a majority of it is drawn from the West.

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