Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. T. Earl Sullenger
An ecological study relating to sociology involves the spatial, selective and distributive functions and relations of human beings in a given geographical and cultural area. These functions and relations characterize the forms and types of social interaction. The sociological concept of the term "ecology" has been borrowed from the students of botany and zoology. Ecology has been defined as "that phase of biology that considers plants and animals as they exist in nature, and studies their interdependence, and the relation of each kind and individual to its environment. This definition is not sufficiently comprehensive to include all the elements that logically fall within the range of human ecology. McKenzie, in Park and Burgess' book, The City, defines human ecology as: "a study of the spatial and temporal relations of human beings as affected by selective, distributive, and accomodative forces of the environment. Human ecology is fundamentally interested in the effect of position, in both time and space, upon human institutions and human behavior.
Mead, James R., "An ecological study of the second ward of Omaha" (1953). Student Work. 555.
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