Venice in Environmental Peril?: Myth and Reality

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University Press of America, Dec 1, 2011 - Political Science - 318 pages
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Venice and its environment are perceived to be in peril due to rising sea levels, tourism, and modern development. Are these threats myths or reality? This book explores Venice s environmental risks based on interviews with Venetian environmental campaigners and draws on the mythology of the Venetian Republic. Campaigners opinions about the mobile dams nearing completion to protect the city reveal that Venice now represents an environmentally-threatened retreat from modernity. This reputation has been established as sustainable development and climate change policies have risen to the top of political agendas in many cities and countries. The book investigates how environmentalism has been transformed from a theory underpinning counter-cultural movements to part of a dominant holistic culture in Western societies. Rather than constraining Venice in search of a mythical harmony with nature, this book offers a ten-point proposal to modernize the city while preserving its ancient heritage."
  

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Contents

The Venice Problem and a Proposed Solution
1
Part One VENICES MYTHICAL TRADITIONS
27
Chapter One Founding Myths of the Venetian Republic
29
Chapter Two Cultural Myths
52
Part Two FROM CONSERVATIONISM TO ENVIRONMENTALISM
67
Chapter Three The Triumph of Conservationism
69
Chapter Four Transforming Conservationism into Environmentalism
104
Part Three CLAIMSMAKING ABOUT VENICES MOBILE DAMS
123
Chapter Eight Modernization and Environmentalism
203
Chapter Nine Modernizing or Sustaining Venice?
217
The Reconstitution of the Venetian Metaphor
249
Appendix A Profiles of Venetian Environmentalists Interviewed
273
Appendix B List of NonGovernmental Organizations
275
Appendix C List of Abbreviations of Political Parties
277
Appendix D Glossary of Terminology
279
Venice and Its Protection
281

Chapter Five Environmentalists Challenge Venices Mobile Dams
125
Chapter Six Environmental Claims about Venices Mobile Dams
148
Chapter Seven Myths about Venices Mobile Dams
178
Part Four MYTHS ABOUT MODERNIZATION
201

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Dominic Standish, Ph.D., is British and lectures for the University of Iowa at its CIMBA campus in the Venice region of Italy, where he has lived since 1997 (see www.dominicstandish.com for more information).

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