The Essential Aldo Leopold: Quotations and Commentaries

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Dec 16, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 362 pages
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Japanese women are frequently perceived by foreigners as stereotypes. Pictured as compliant, long-suffering, and charming in a childlike way, they are said to be child-centered and restricted in their interests and actions to the domestic realm. The appear as victim, pawn, or tragic heroine: Madame Chrysanthemum, Madame Butterfly, and even the impossible Mariko of Shogun.

The Women of Suye Mura provides a rich body of information by means of which such stereotypes may be reevaluated and challenged. Based on Ella Wiswell's extensive field notes from the mid-1930s—when she and her late husband John Embree undertook a joint research project in rural Japan—this volume forms a companion to Embree's now-standard Suye Mura: A Japanese Village. Its focus on the women of the village affords a unique look at their daily lives and a detailed portrait of their world-views and social understandings at a time when the orthodoxies of the contemporary state were not yet completely accepted. Through Ella Wiswell's journal, sensitively edited by Robert Smith, we may understand some of their hopes and fears, see what amuses and angers them, and hear their comments on everything from adultery and illness to religion, magic and the origins of the imperial house.

The body of data, secured by direct observation, is unparalleled in the literature. No other account of the lives of Japanese rural women of this era remains, and in no contemporary community can their like be found. The Women of Suye Mura will thus serve as an important resource for anyone interested in the past—and present—of the Japanese woman.
 

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Contents

FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT AxeinHand
3
RANGE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT Open Thinking on the Range
20
OUTDOOR RECREATION Leopold and the Still Unlovely Mind
32
WILDLIFE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT Building the Foundations of Wildlife Conservation
45
SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION Traveling in the Right Direction
72
AGRICULTURE Preparing for a Sustainable Agriculture
87
WILDERNESS A Place of Humility
99
ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION The Continuing Challenge of Restoration
116
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY Leopold as Practical Moralist and Pragmatic Policy Analyst
201
Conservation and Culture
221
HUNTING AND FISHING Hunting for Common Ground
223
ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY Leopold and the Changing Landscape of History
237
EDUCATION What Is Education For? David W Orr
255
ARTS AND SCIENCES Between Imagination and Observation
269
LAND ESTHETICS Through Successive Stages of the Beautiful
279
LAND ETHICS Into Terra Incognita
296

BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY Standing on Solid Shoulders
127
Conservation Policy
153
PRIVATE LAND Aldo Leopold on Private Land
155
PUBLIC LAND Aldo Leopold on Public Land
168
ADVOCACY Throwing Your Weight Around
178
ECONOMICS Do Economists Know About Lupines?
190
LEOPOLDS VOICE The Reach of Words
314
Notes
333
Quotation Sources
343
Contributors
357
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About the author (1999)

Curt D. Meine is the author of Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work, published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Richard L. Knight is professor of wildlife conservation, Colorado State University, and co-editor of several volumes including Wildlife and Recreation and Stewardship Across Boundaries.

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