Frank W. Elwell is Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Professor of Sociology at Rogers State University. He received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University at Albany, Masters degrees from the University at Albany (sociology) and the State University of New York at New Paltz (political science/education), and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University (history/ education). ).
2001 0-7734-7669-5 This commentary attempts to tie the interpretation closely to the original Essay rather than to the political charged reactions to that essay. Rather than a simplistic projection of future population growth and inevitable collapse, the Essay is a far subtler social theory of the relationships between sociocultural systems and their environments. The work includes commentary and criticism of Malthus’ methodology, the materialist, evolutionary, and functional elements of his theory, as well as the application of his theory to understanding the nature of welfare programs and possibilities for social progress. Includes a reprint of the original essay by Malthus.