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Small-scale societies and environmental transformations: coevolutionary dynamics

Victoria Reyes-García, Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA), Barcelona, Spain; Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Debora Zurro, CaSEs-Complexity and Socio-ecological Dynamics, Dept. Archaeology and Anthropology-IMF (CSIC- Spanish National Research Council) & Dept. of Humanities, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), Barcelona, Spain
Jorge Caro, CaSEs-Complexity and Socio-ecological Dynamics, Dept. Archaeology and Anthropology-IMF (CSIC- Spanish National Research Council) & Dept. of Humanities, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), Barcelona, Spain; GSADI, Dept. Sociology, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain
Marco Madella, Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA), Barcelona, Spain; CaSEs-Complexity and Socio-ecological Dynamics, Dept. Archaeology and Anthropology-IMF (CSIC- Spanish National Research Council) & Dept. of Humanities, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), Barcelona, Spain

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-09066-220115

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Abstract

This editorial introduces the special feature of Ecology and Society entitled Small-Scale Societies and Environmental Transformations: Coevolutionary Dynamics. The contributions to this feature explore coevolutionary dynamics developed between small-scale societies and environmental features and the larger-scale effects of these interactions in spatial and chronological terms. Acknowledging the importance of small-scale societies in our evolutionary past and nowadays, contributions to this issue use insights from both archaeological and anthropological case studies, concepts, and methods. This editorial introduces the contributions in three different ways. We start by reviewing the use of the term "small-scale society" in the literature. Then, we briefly examine the concept of "co-evolutionary dynamics" by providing examples of how the process operates between past and present small-scale societies and their surrounding environments. In the last section, we introduce each of the papers.

Key words

coevolution; long-term dynamics; small-scale societies; social-ecological systems

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