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Unruly ComplexityEcology, Interpretation, Engagement$
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Peter J. Taylor

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226790350

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226790398.001.0001

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Metaphors and Allegory in the Origins of Systems Ecology

Metaphors and Allegory in the Origins of Systems Ecology

(p.49) 3 Metaphors and Allegory in the Origins of Systems Ecology
Unruly Complexity
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This chapter presents a correlation-producing mechanism for the possibility that incorporates the specifics of a scientist's practice. A strand of the study of ecological complexity—namely, systems ecology—developed mostly after World War II. The chapter presents a vignette from the Great Depression, but centers on the social and technical changes during and after the war, against which background the social–personal–scientific correlations in Howard T. Odum's pioneering work in systems ecology during the 1950s and 1960s have also been identified. This case allows proposing a means through which the sociality of science can have a systematic effect on its referentiality.

Keywords:   ecological complexity, systems ecology, Great Depression, Howard T. Odum

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