Thinking Through the Environment: A Reader

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Nature - 435 pages
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This reader brings together material from ecological thought, environmental policy, environmental philosophy, social and political thought, historical sociology and cultural studies. The extracts tell the story of the way the natural environment has been understood in the modern world and how this has recently been questioned as contemporary societies are seen as characterised by uncertainty and complexity.
The literature guides the reader through the conventiaonal grounds for thinking about rights and obligations in relation to future generations, non-human animals and the biotic commununities, bringing each into question. This then leads into a critical examination of social and political theories and their capacity for drawing on ecological thought. Each of the seven sections of readings is introduced by the editor who locates the set of readings within the specific themes and issues at the heart of each section.
This broad-reaching and thought-provoking set of readings stresses the diversity of response to environmental problems both within and between anthropocentric and ecocentric approaches and will encourage the reader to examine how they are manifested in the areas of environmental ethics, policy analysis and social and political theory.
 

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Contents

5a A fable for tomorrow
40
future generations
61
projects for longdistance interbasin water transfer from regions
104
expanding the circle?
123
3a Cruelty
137
rethinking nature
179
Young Big Tree felled for shingles
185
3a The chitchat of the woods
189
Ecology order and individualism
239
Ecology and emancipatory strategies
291
Marxist framework of social analysis
307
The compleet radical environmentalist
340
Prospects for ecological citizenship
351
Acknowledgements to copyright holders
408
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Mark Smith is lecturer in Social Sciences at the Open University.

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