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Humans and the EnvironmentAdrian Tan, PhD
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Humans and the Environment

Understanding This Complex Relationship
By Adrian Tan, PhD

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60927-810-6, 146 pages


This introduction to sociology examines the complex relationship between humans and the environment and how this relationship changes over time, with technology as the catalyst. Adopting a thematic approach, this volume focuses on the evolution of societies to illustrate how societies evolve from one evolutionary stage to the next. Pictures, charts, and illustrations are incorporated throughout the text to deliver an engaging reading experience and give readers a deeper understanding of each topic. With clear definitions of the terms, theoretical perspectives and research methods commonly used in sociology, this anthology is ideal for the sociology major and the non-major alike.

Humans and the Environment introduces readers to a range of sociological topics, including:

  • The Origins of Society
  • Research Methods
  • The Environment and Population
  • The Advent of the Modern World
  • Karl Marx (1818-1883)
  • Georg Simmel (1858-1918)
  • Globalization

Adrian J. Tan Dr. Adrian James Tan, a Singapore-born American, is currently a faculty member at Southern Methodist University in the Sociology Department. He teaches courses in Introduction to Sociology, Marriage and Family, Sociological Theory, and Person vs. Society. Adrian obtained a bachelor’s degree majoring in English and philosophy, and master’s degrees in sociology and international affairs at Ohio University. Specializing in social psychology and ethnic identity, Adrian earned a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of North Texas, submitting his dissertation on the ethnic identity of Mexican-American children.

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