Forcing the Spring: The Transformation of the American Environmental Movement (Google eBook)

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Island Press, Jun 20, 2005 - Nature - 448 pages
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"...[a] provocative and original account..." --NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS Originally published in 1993, Forcing the Spring was quickly recognized as a seminal work in the field of environmental history. The book links the environmental movement that emerged in the 1960s to earlier movements that had not previously been defined as environmental. It was the first to consider the importance of race, ethnicity, class, and gender issues in the history and evolution of environmentalism. This revised edition extends the groundbreaking history and analysis of Forcing the Spring into the present day. It updates the original with important new material that brings the book's themes and arguments into the 21st century, addressing topics such as: the controversy spawned by the original edition with regard to how environmentalism is, or should be, defined; new groups and movements that have formed in the past decade; change and development in the overall environmental movement from 1993 to 2004; the changing role of race, class, gender, and ethnicity in today's environmentalism; the impact of the 2004 presidential election; the emergence of "the next environmentalism." Forcing the Spring, Revised Edition considers environmentalism as a contemporary movement focused on "where we live, work, and play," touching on such hot-button topics as globalization, food, immigration, and sprawl. The book also describes the need for a "next environmentalism" that can address current challenges, and considers the barriers and opportunities associated with this new, more expansive approach. Forcing the Spring, Revised Edition is an important contribution for students and faculty in a wide variety of fields including history, sociology, political science, environmental studies, environmental history, and social movements. It also offers useful context and analysis for anyone concerned with environmental issues.
  

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Terrible, as well as completely biased and untrue.

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Gottlieb's primary contribution is his discussion on the exclusion of urban anti-pollution/toxic reformers have been left out of the broader history of US environmental movements. Read full review

Contents

The Next Environmentalism
1
Where We Live Work and Play
31
Complex Movements Diverse Roots
41
The Contemporary Movements
159
Issues of Gender Ethnicity and Class
267
Environmentalism Redefined
389
From the Ground Up Environmentalism in the George W Bush Era A Postscript
405
A Note on Method
411
Notes
415
About the Author
483
Index
484
Island Press Board of Directors
504
Copyright

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About the author (2005)


Robert Gottlieb is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Urban Environmental Studies and director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College. He is author or co-author of ten books including Environmentalism Unbound (MIT Press, 2001).

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