A diversity of opinion, theory, and conceptual approaches characterizes discussion of population and environment relationships among social scientists. This review captures some of this diversity by considering several of the more common perspectives which have been taken towards the topic. On this basis, a series of general recommendations regarding future research are made. The review also results in the conc1usion that, for the near future, the "bottom-up" approach of micro-level study rather than the "trickle-down" approach of macro-level study, should be the driving force in social science research on population and environment relationships.

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