The Politics of the Earth: Environmental Discourses

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - Political Science - 261 pages
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The Politics of the Earth provides an excellent and accessible introduction to thinking about the environment by looking at the way people use language on environmental issues. John Dryzek analyses the various approaches which have dominated environmental issues over the last three decades, and which are likely to be influential in the future: Survivalism - based on the contention that the earth has a limited stock of resources and prescribes drastic multidimensional action to preventglobal disaster, receiving a reply from Promethans who deny such limits exist. Environmental Problem Solving - recognises the existence of ecological problems but views them as tractable within the basic framework of industrial society. Sustainability - defined by imaginative attempts to dissolve the conflicts between environmental and economic values. Green Radicalism - rejects the basic structure of industrial society and the way the environment is conceptualised and promotes transformation in human consciousness, economics and politics. John Dryzek provides a lively assessment of these various perspectives, their rise and fall, their interaction and impacts, and their strengths and weaknesses. His analysis of these discourses leads up to a concluding argument for a reinvigorated ecological democracy. The Politics of the Earth offers a new way of classifying and comparing the main strands of environmental politics. It is a fascinating and essential reading for all students of environmental politics and policy, and for anyone with an interest in environmental issues.

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This book is great! I used if for my environmental politics class and I learned so much from how Dryzek organized the different discourse. After the introduction I didn't really know what the rest of the book was going to be like but after reading a few more chapters I began to love the layout of each chapter and the different sections were very helpful for studying and review at later times. A majority of this book is theoretical, but the examples of figures who are members of each discourse are excellent. Dryzek also does a great job of connecting the discourses.  

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Dryzek uses the idea of discourses to introduce the main ideologies and methods of the main schools of thought regarding environmental politics. Though at times he may get too caught up in the act of categorization, for an introductory text it definitely does its job. Read full review


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John S. Dryzek is Head of the Social and Political Theory Programme at the Australian National University, Canberra. He is a former editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science and Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

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