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The evolution of human settlements : from Pleistocene origins to Anthropocene prospects / William M. Bowen, Robert E. Gleeson.

By: Bowen, William M [author.].
Contributor(s): Gleeson, Robert E [author. ].
Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019 ©2019Description: xv, 309 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9783030069605 (pbk.); 9783319950334 (hardback).Subject(s): Human settlements | Human settlements -- History | Land settlement -- HistoryGenre/Form: History.DDC classification: 301.31 BOW Online resources: Table of contents
Contents:
1. Models for Thinking about Human Settlements -- 2. General Systems Theory, Evolution, and Human Settlements -- 3. Humans before Settlements -- 4. The Advent of Permanent Human Settlements -- 5. From Settlements to Civilizations -- 6. Mechanisms of Settlement Evolution: Cultural Learning and the Creation of Social Institutions -- 7. Human Problem-Solving -- 8. Theory of Mind in Settlement System Evolution -- 9. The Industrial Revolution and Its Effects -- 10. Decision-Making, the Direction of Change, and the Governance of Complex, Large-Scale Settlement Systems -- 11. Sustainability Problems Facing Industrial Settlement Systems -- 12. Prospects for Human Settlements in the Anthropocene: Challenges to Equality, Sustainability, and Agency -- Index.
Summary: This book analyzes the history and development of settlements--from the earliest periods in human history to the present day--from a Darwinian evolutionary perspective. At the foundation of the evolutionary model is the argument that the human capacity for complex communication and unique problem-solving ability have led to the formation and reality of the modern city and its scaled-up megacity status. While evolutionary theory forms the platform for the book's argument, general systems theory provides the operational framework for the organization and interpretations of each chapter. Throughout the book, the authors tackle various issues, questions, and possibilities regarding the future development and evolution of human settlements.-- Provided by publisher
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

1. Models for Thinking about Human Settlements -- 2. General Systems Theory, Evolution, and Human Settlements -- 3. Humans before Settlements -- 4. The Advent of Permanent Human Settlements -- 5. From Settlements to Civilizations -- 6. Mechanisms of Settlement Evolution: Cultural Learning and the Creation of Social Institutions -- 7. Human Problem-Solving -- 8. Theory of Mind in Settlement System Evolution -- 9. The Industrial Revolution and Its Effects -- 10. Decision-Making, the Direction of Change, and the Governance of Complex, Large-Scale Settlement Systems -- 11. Sustainability Problems Facing Industrial Settlement Systems -- 12. Prospects for Human Settlements in the Anthropocene: Challenges to Equality, Sustainability, and Agency -- Index.

This book analyzes the history and development of settlements--from the earliest periods in human history to the present day--from a Darwinian evolutionary perspective. At the foundation of the evolutionary model is the argument that the human capacity for complex communication and unique problem-solving ability have led to the formation and reality of the modern city and its scaled-up megacity status. While evolutionary theory forms the platform for the book's argument, general systems theory provides the operational framework for the organization and interpretations of each chapter. Throughout the book, the authors tackle various issues, questions, and possibilities regarding the future development and evolution of human settlements.-- Provided by publisher

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