Human ecology

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Human ecology  (HUMAN ecology)


The study of relations between demographic phenomena on the one hand and economic and social phenomena on the other forms another branch of the subject. The terms economic demography 1 and social demography 2 have been used by some writers. Demography also deals with the study of population quality 3. This phrase may be used with reference to all sorts of social and personal characteristics. In a slightly different sense the term primarily refers to the distribution and transmission of hereditary characteristics (911-1) which are the subject-matter of population genetics 4. Human ecology 5 is the study of the distribution and organization of communities with attention to the operation of competitive and co-operative processes and has part of its subject matter common with demography, as has biometry 6 or biometrics 6 which deals with the application of statistical methods to all forms of biological research.

  • 4. genetics n. - genetic adj. - geneticist n., a specialist in genetics. Population genetics is distinct from human genetics, which deals with the transmission of inheritable characteristics in man: population genetics includes studies of the distribution and transmission of hereditary traits in plant, animal and human populations.
  • 5. ecology n. - ecological adj. -ecologist n., a specialist in ecology. The term ecology is also used by some ethnologists for studies of the relation of social organization and culture to physical environment and technology.
  • 6. biometrics n. — biometric (al) adj. — biometrician n., a specialist in biometrics,


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