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For People and the Planet - Holism and Humanism in Environmental Ethics (Paperback, New): Don Marietta For People and the Planet - Holism and Humanism in Environmental Ethics (Paperback, New)
Don Marietta
R653 R599 Discovery Miles 5 990 Save R54 (8%) Special order

The prevailing view of nature has begun to move away from a traditionally Western humans-apart-from-nature attitude toward one that sees humans as a part of nature. Don E. Marietta describes these changes and what he perceives as a philosophical shift toward new holistic models of environmental ethics. He supports a critical holism that stresses the moral importance of the interrelationship of human beings, animals, plants, and non-living things in their common dependence on the ecosphere. Considering that this humanistic approach to ethics recognizes a shared responsibility to the whole system of nature, Marietta explores the apparent conflict between environmental holism and the interests of individuals, incorporating the perspectives of ecofeminism, anthropocentrism, contextualism, and pluralism. This approach produces an ecologically enlightened position that calls for a commitment to protecting planet Earth, while recognizing that "even though it may not be easy or simple, we can live according to a humanistic and holistic ethic, one which seeks the good for people and for the planet." Author note: Don E. Marietta, Jr. is Adelaide R. Snyder Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University.

Environmental Movements in Asia (Paperback): Arne Kalland, Gerard Persoon Environmental Movements in Asia (Paperback)
Arne Kalland, Gerard Persoon
R1,155 Discovery Miles 11 550 Special order


Paints a general picture of the Asian situation, backing it up with several case studies. Two major points are made: environmental campaigns in Asia tend to have a local focus and they cannot be understood in terms of environmental issues alone.

Gaia's Wager - Environmental Movements and the Challenge of Sustainability (Hardcover, annotated edition): Gary C. Bryner Gaia's Wager - Environmental Movements and the Challenge of Sustainability (Hardcover, annotated edition)
Gary C. Bryner
R1,853 Discovery Miles 18 530 Special order

Can environmentalism evolve into a powerful social movement that transforms human practices in ways that are ecologically sustainable? Gary C. Bryner contends that it is in our self-interest as a species to ensure that environmental movements coalesce in the service of sustainability. From the very first Earth Day to the setting of Agenda 21 for the new millennium, this book traces the actors, the issues, and the institutions involved in moving environmentalism from a loose collection of fuzzy groups and goals to a new global force for change.

Don't Breathe the Air - Air Pollution and U.S. Environmental Politics, 1945-1970 (Hardcover, 1st ed): Scott Hamilton Dewey Don't Breathe the Air - Air Pollution and U.S. Environmental Politics, 1945-1970 (Hardcover, 1st ed)
Scott Hamilton Dewey
R889 Discovery Miles 8 890 Special order

With the menace of smog hanging over an increasing number of American cities in the 1960s, "Clean Air " became a rallying cry for a new environmentalism. Citizen activists rallied passionately to force state and local governments to address problems that threatened human health and even survival. In "Don't Breathe the Air, " Scott H. Dewey traces the history of air pollution control efforts, focusing on the decade of the sixties, and describes how local efforts helped create both the modern environmental movement and federal environmental policy.
Early in the fight against air pollution, activists recognized the need for intergovernmental solutions. Because air was mobile, no single jurisdiction could address problems alone. Dewey has chosen three case studies involving different sources of air pollution and different configurations of governments to discover how jurisdictional issues affected environmental organization and the ability to clean up the air.
First, Dewey looks at Los Angeles, arguably the birthplace of modern air pollution. Because much of the city's air pollution was automobile-related, Los Angeles had to enlist help from the State of California to regulate both the industry and car owners. Relatively speaking, Los Angeles was a success story, one that set important precedents and illustrated a pattern of local concerns entailing action in a larger arena.
Dewey then turns to New York City, a city plagued by air pollution problems that involved more than one state and required regional action. In its comparative lack of success in dealing with its atmospheric woes, compounded by the pollution descending on it from neighboring New Jersey, New York was more typical of the overall national pattern than was Los Angeles.
Finally, Dewey examines central Florida, where a rural, agricultural area suffered from severe industrial air pollution that required a multi-jurisdictional solution and a confrontation with influential phosphate manufacturers that all levels of government were long reluctant to tackle.
"Don't Breathe the Air" is a comprehensive look at the role of air pollution and citizen activism during the rise of environmentalism in the post-World War II United States. It clearly lays out the issues and strategies that prepared the way for the federal clean air legislation of the 1970s.

THE POLITICS OF ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT (Book, 4th ed.): THE POLITICS OF ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT (Book, 4th ed.)
R722 R682 Discovery Miles 6 820 Save R40 (6%) Special order

Resource management in the United States is undergoing a fundamental change. Traditional sustained-yield approaches that focus on commodity production and human resource use are steadily giving way to ecological approaches, often referred to as ecosystem management, that have long-term ecological sustainability as their primary goal. To achieve that goal, ecosystem management emphasizes socially defined goals and objectives, integrated and holistic science, collaborative decision making, and adaptable institutions. Political considerations are an essential component of ecosystem management, yet its socio-political context has been largely ignored by those studying and writing on the subject."The Politics of Ecosystem Management" is the first book to focus entirely on the political challenges facing ecosystem management as it moves from theory to practice.The authors examine: the history of natural resource management in the United States the theory behind ecosystem management potential inconsistencies and contradictions in the themes of ecosystem management political philosophies that undergird traditional resource management alternative political principles inherent in ecosystem management opportunities and barriers for achieving collaborative ecosystem management"The Politics of Ecosystem Management" considers the sweeping and profound changes that will be required of the American governance system -- its political philosophy, institutions, notions of citizenship, and politics, as well its resource management practices -- if the shift to ecosystem management is to be realized. It is a lucid and accessible volume that represents a vital contribution to the literature for students, researchers, and professionals involved with any aspect of developing and implementing ecosystem-based approaches to resource management.

Promising the Earth (Hardcover, New): Robert Lamb Promising the Earth (Hardcover, New)
Robert Lamb
R2,786 Discovery Miles 27 860 Special order

Published to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of Friends of the Earth, this volume offers an account of the Green Movement. It presents an insight into the ups and downs of environmental campaigning within the context of modern events and attitudes. The inside story of Friends of the Earth's pioneering campaigns is revealed - from the anti-whaling campaigns of the 1970s through to the anti-road campaigns of the present. The narrative bears witness to the broader process still unfolding: the maturing of the environmental movement and the challenges that a highly uncertain new millenium holds for tomorrow's green campaigners. Features of the text include: coverage of specific campaigns, including Twyford Down, countryside access/protection, anti-whaling, fur trade, and anti-nuclear campaigns; a variety of illustrations and photographic art from cartoonist Steve Bell, artist Simon English and others; and news photographs of campaign actions, headline events and disasters.

Air - Our Planet's Ailing Atmosphere (Hardcover): Hans Tammemagi Air - Our Planet's Ailing Atmosphere (Hardcover)
Hans Tammemagi
R599 Discovery Miles 5 990 Special order

Climate change is an issue that has taken on great urgency in recent years, but it is not an isolated problem. Hans Tammemagi argues that climate change is but one of the many problems associated with the changing character of one of the most basic components of life: the air we breathe.
Tammemagi's fascinating exploration of air illustrates that it is far from being an empty void; rather, it is a vast ocean of gases that are layered, constantly mixing, generating weather, and providing the basis of life itself. While illustrating the beauty and mystery of air, Tammemagi also examines its declining quality in chapters that discuss smog over cities (and elsewhere), acid rain, the depletion of stratospheric ozone layer, and, of course, global warming. As a scientist, writer, and activist, Tammemagi explains the key issues associated with air in a clear, lucid, and compelling style. Air is a vital piece of reading on an issue of rapidly growing urgency.
Containing a wealth of information such as the history and evolution of our atmosphere, biographical notes about key scientists, descriptions of significant inventions, and color photography, this book presents the great aerial ocean like we have never seen it before.

The Promise of Green Politics - Environmentalism and the Public Sphere (Hardcover): Douglas Torgerson The Promise of Green Politics - Environmentalism and the Public Sphere (Hardcover)
Douglas Torgerson
R1,680 Discovery Miles 16 800 Special order

Politics today is dominated by business news and the stock market. But those in support of green politics ask whether human profit should continue to be the bottom line of political deliberations or if it is time for the interests of the natural world to combine with or even displace the interests of business. In "The Promise of Green Politics" Douglas Torgerson offers a survey of different schools of ecological thought, discusses their implications for the larger political sphere, and advances a three-dimensional concept of politics that emphasizes ethics and discourse as well as strategy.
Arguing that the environmental movement has the potential to contribute to contemporary developments in political theory and social action by changing discursive practices both at the grassroots level "and" along the corridors of power, Torgerson draws on the theories of Hannah Arendt and others to advocate a performative type of political debate that values multiple opinions and is not always oriented toward reaching a single conclusion. Torgerson argues that in a world stuck in administrative and scientific gridlock, the theatrical, comic aspects of green politics are as important as other, more goal-oriented, aspects. Gestures of the carnivalesque--such as protestors sleeping in hammocks slung from trees targeted for destruction or funeral processions held for dying rivers--could be the key to the creation of what Torgerson refers to as a "green public sphere," one that promises a reconfiguration of the relationship between human creativity and the natural world. While offering a number of concrete policy suggestions, his focus remains on the complexity and heterogeneity of green thinking and on the transformative promise implicit in green politics. In creating new ways to speak about the environment, Torgerson argues, the green movement offers a creative way to reconsider many larger issues of political theory and action.
"The Promise of Green Politics" will serve as a gateway to new thinking about green politics and the emerging possibilities of a diverse and vital green public sphere. As such, it will be valued by those interested in environmental and public policy, political theory, social activism, and the future of political action.

Green Parties and Politics in the European Union (Hardcover): Elizabeth Bomberg Green Parties and Politics in the European Union (Hardcover)
Elizabeth Bomberg
R2,684 Discovery Miles 26 840 Special order

Bomberg argues the 'greening' of European politics and the advancement of European integration are inextricably linked and that the EU presents a strategic dilemma to Green parties. In short, how can Greens reconcile their radical, alternative politics with the EU's mainstream, traditional institutions and practices? Bomberg's analysis is based on over 100 interviews with leading green politicians, NGO members, environmental and industrial lobbyists, EU officials and MEPs. She includes appendices showing profiles of green parties in European countries, and key policy-making institutions

An Ethnography of Global Environmentalism - Becoming Friends of the Earth (Hardcover, New): Caroline Gatt An Ethnography of Global Environmentalism - Becoming Friends of the Earth (Hardcover, New)
Caroline Gatt
R2,459 Discovery Miles 24 590 Special order

Based on nine years of research, this is the first book to offer an in-depth ethnographic study of a transnational environmentalist federation and of activists themselves. The book presents an account of the daily life and the ethical strivings of environmental activist members of Friends of the Earth International (FoEI), exploring how a transnational federation is constituted and maintained, and how different people strive to work together in their hope of contributing to the creation of "a better future for the globe." In the context of FoEI, a great diversity of environmentalisms from around the world are negotiated, discussed and evolve in relation to the experiences of the different cultures, ecosystems and human situations that the activists bring with them to the federation. Key to the global scope of this project is the analysis of FoEI experiments in models for intercultural and inclusive decision-making. The provisional results of FoEI's ongoing experiments in this area offer a glimpse of how different notions of the environment, and being an environmentalist, can come to work together without subsuming alterity.

Promising the Earth (Paperback, New): Robert Lamb Promising the Earth (Paperback, New)
Robert Lamb
R1,161 Discovery Miles 11 610 Special order

Published to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of Friends of the Earth, this volume offers an account of the Green Movement. It presents an insight into the ups and downs of environmental campaigning within the context of modern events and attitudes. The inside story of Friends of the Earth's pioneering campaigns is revealed - from the anti-whaling campaigns of the 1970s through to the anti-road campaigns of the present. The narrative bears witness to the broader process still unfolding: the maturing of the environmental movement and the challenges that a highly uncertain new millenium holds for tomorrow's green campaigners. Features of the text include: coverage of specific campaigns, including Twyford Down, countryside access/protection, anti-whaling, fur trade, and anti-nuclear campaigns; a variety of illustrations and photographic art from cartoonist Steve Bell, artist Simon English and others; and news photographs of campaign actions, headline events and disasters.

Ecologies of Grace - Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology (Hardcover): Willis Jenkins Ecologies of Grace - Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology (Hardcover)
Willis Jenkins
R838 Discovery Miles 8 380 Special order

Christianity struggles to show how living on earth matters for living with God. While people of faith increasingly seek practical ways to respond to the environmental crisis, theology has had difficulty contextualizing the crisis and interpreting the responses.
In Ecologies of Grace, Willis Jenkins presents a field-shaping introduction to Christian environmental ethics that offers resources for renewing theology. Observing how religious environmental practices often draw on concepts of grace, Jenkins maps the way Christian environmental strategies draw from traditions of salvation as they engage the problems of environmental ethics. He then uses this new map to explore afresh the ecological dimensions of Christian theology.
Jenkins first shows how Christian ethics uniquely frames environmental issues, and then how those approaches both challenge and reinhabit theological traditions. He identifies three major strategies for making environmental problems intelligible to Christian moral experience. Each one draws on a distinct pattern of grace as it adapts a secular approach to environmental ethics. The strategies of ecojustice, stewardship, and ecological spirituality make environments matter for Christian experience by drawing on patterns of sanctification, redemption, and deification.
He then confronts the problems of each of these strategies through critical reappraisals of Thomas Aquinas, Karl Barth, and Sergei Bulgakov. Each represents a soteriological tradition which Jenkins explores as an ecology of grace, letting environmental questions guide investigation into how nature becomes significant for Christian experience.
By being particularly sensitive to the ways inwhich environmental problems are made intelligible to Christian moral experience, Jenkins guides his readers toward a fuller understanding of Christianity and ecology. He not only makes sense of the variety of Christian environmental ethics, but by showing how environmental issues come to the heart of Christian experience, prepares fertile ground for theological renewal.

Economic Theory for Environmentalists (Hardcover): John M Gowdy, Sabine U O'Hara Economic Theory for Environmentalists (Hardcover)
John M Gowdy, Sabine U O'Hara
R2,174 Discovery Miles 21 740 Special order

Economic Theory for Environmentalists is a much-needed and heralded new book that examines the implications of neoclassical economic theory and how it relates to the environment and environmental activity. It addresses the ongoing conflict between market forces and environmental integrity and explains how neoclassical economic theory views the relationship between economic activity and the natural world. Each chapter outlines the concepts of economic theory and the relevance of its environmental and policy implications. It focuses on both micro and macro-economics. Policy tools such as price and income elasticities, consumer surplus and methods for measuring the economic value of environmental resources are discussed. A case study which examines a range of policy options is presented. Examples are also given throughout the text to illustrate regional and international policy questions. Presented in a simple and easy to understand manner, this valuable book is suited for anyone dealing with environmental, economic, or policy issues.

Farming, Fascism and Ecology - A life of Jorian Jenks (Hardcover): Philip M. Coupland Farming, Fascism and Ecology - A life of Jorian Jenks (Hardcover)
Philip M. Coupland
R2,465 Discovery Miles 24 650 Special order

The life of Jorian Jenks (1899-1963) has great potential to upset settled assumptions. Why did a sensitive and intelligent man from a liberal family become a fascist? How did a Blackshirt go green? The son of an eminent academic, from his childhood onwards Jenks instead longed to farm. Lacking the means to do so, he worked as a farm bailiff and then, in New Zealand, as a government agricultural instructor. Finally, a legacy permitted him to come home and become a tenant farmer. Struggling to survive in the economic depression of the 1930s, he became an author and activist for rural reconstruction. Then, having lost faith in the established parties, he joined the British Union of Fascists. Becoming one of the Blackshirts' leading figures, he was imprisoned without trial during the war. On his release, Jenks returned to the struggle, this time in the cause of ecology, becoming a pioneer of today's organic movement and a founder of the Soil Association. This book draws on an extensive range of sources, a large proportion of which were previously unseen by historians. For the first time, it portrays the private and public life of this unusual man, revealing many hitherto un-glimpsed facets of Jenks' life.

Indigenous Knowledge Systems - Towards a Holistic Inclusive Conservation (Hardcover): Satarupa Dutta Majumder Indigenous Knowledge Systems - Towards a Holistic Inclusive Conservation (Hardcover)
Satarupa Dutta Majumder
R2,584 Discovery Miles 25 840 Special order

Although there has been, in recent times, a widespread interest in preservation and promotion of Indigenous Heritage or Knowledge Systems from a variety of disciplines and sectors, from across the globe - the design principles or modalities of a holistic conservation remains largely un-explored. This book explores this lacunae and proposes the concept of Ecosemiotic Community Museuology (ECM), and a road map for it, through theory and practice. Based on the trajectories of conservation - natural, cultural and museological - down time, and indigenous epistemological premises brought forth from previous research, the treatise proposes the concept of ECM as a paradigm for successful community-based con-servation of indigenous knowledge systems or indigenous biocultural heritage in its holistic wholeness. While taking into cognizance the issues of interfacing - namely, cross-cultural knowledge integration, Information and Communication Techno-logies (ICT) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), the book attempts to add value to its basic ecosemiotic museological proposition, and strengthen its case, through presentation of, and comments on, a diverse range of secondary case-studies of ongoing conservational initiatives from across the globe that highlight the ingredients of success as well as non-performance of such efforts. The ultimate goal of the historical surveys, intellectual exercises and the case studies in this book are to capture the nuances that can help decolonize not just `museology' or `conservation' but `development' and `sustainability' itself. And, hopefully, help make advances towards a decentralised museological governance for the invaluable indigenous biocultural heritage that still lies strewn across the globe, in various stages of decimation. Please note: Taylor & Francis does not sell or distribute the Hardback in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

Feminism and Ecological Communities (Paperback, New): Christine Cuomo Feminism and Ecological Communities (Paperback, New)
Christine Cuomo
R780 Discovery Miles 7 800 Special order


Feminism and Ecological Communities presents a bold and passionate rethinking of teh ecofeminist movement. It is one of the first books to acknowledge the importance of postmodern feminist arguments against ecofeminism whilst persuasively preseenting a strong new case for econolocal feminism.
Chris J.Cuomo first traces the emergence of ecofeminism from the ecological and feminist movements before clearly discussing the weaknesses of some ecofeminist positions. Exploring the dualisms of nature/culture and masculing/feminine that are the bulwark of many contemporary ecofeminist positions and questioning traditional traditional feminist analyses of gender and caring, Feminism and Ecological Communities asks whether women are essentially closer to nature than men and how we ought to link the oppression of women, people of colour, and other subjugated groups to the degradation of nature.
Chris J.Cuomo addresses these key issues by drawing on recent work in feminist ethics as well as teh work of diverse figures such as Aristotle, John Dewey, Donna Haraway adn Maria Lugones. A fascinating feature of the book is the use of the metaphor of the cyborg to highlight the fluidity of the nature/culture distinction and how this can enrich econfeminist ethics and politics.
An outstanding new argument for an ecological feminism that links both theory and practice, Feminism and Ecological Communities bravely redraws the ecofeminist map. It will be essential reading for all those interested in gender studies, environmental studies and philosophy.

Democracy and Green Political Thought - Sustainability, Rights and Citizenship (Hardcover, Reissue): Brian Doherty, Marius De... Democracy and Green Political Thought - Sustainability, Rights and Citizenship (Hardcover, Reissue)
Brian Doherty, Marius De Geus
R2,241 Discovery Miles 22 410 Special order

The green movement has posed some tough questions for traditional justifications of democracy. Should the natural world have rights? Can we take account of the interests of future generations? But questions have also been asked of the greens. Could their idealism undermine democracy? Can greens be effective democrats?
In this book some of the leading writers on green political thought analyze these questions, examining the discourse of green movements concerning democracy, the status of democracy within green political thought and the political institutions that might be necessary to ensure democracy in a sustainable society.

Politics and the Environment - From Theory to Practice (Hardcover, 3rd New edition): James Connelly, Graham Smith, David... Politics and the Environment - From Theory to Practice (Hardcover, 3rd New edition)
James Connelly, Graham Smith, David Benson, Clare Saunders
R2,374 Discovery Miles 23 740 Special order

Politics and the Environment has established itself as one of the most comprehensive textbooks in this area. This new edition has been completely revised and updated whilst retaining the features and the theory-to-practice focus which made the first two editions so successful.

This text is designed to introduce students to the key concepts and issues which surround environmental problems and their political solutions. The authors investigate the people, movements and organisations that form and implement these policies, and explore the barriers which hinder successful introduction of international environmental politics.

The 3rd edition has been expanded to include:

  • The shift in focus in environmental politics from sustainable development to climate change governance
  • An extensive discussion on climate change: including institutional, national and global responses in the aftermath of the Kyoto protocol
  • An increased international focus with more case studies from the UK, Europe, Australia and North America
  • More discussion of global environmental social movements: including the US environmental organisations, in particular the Green Party and the environmental justice groups

This textbook is an invaluable and accessible resource for undergraduates studying environmental politics.

Good Cop/Bad Cop - Environmental NGOs and Their Strategies toward Business (Paperback): Thomas Lyon Good Cop/Bad Cop - Environmental NGOs and Their Strategies toward Business (Paperback)
Thomas Lyon
R946 Discovery Miles 9 460 Special order

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) play an increasingly prominent role in addressing complex environmental issues such as climate change, persistent bio-accumulative pollutants, and the conservation of biodiversity. At the same time, the landscape in which they operate is changing rapidly. Markets, and direct engagement with industry, rather than traditional government regulation, are often the tools of choice for NGOs seeking to change corporate behavior today. Yet these new strategies are poorly understood-by business, academics, and NGOs themselves. How will NGOs choose which battles to fight, differentiate themselves from one another in order to attract membership and funding, and decide when to form alliances and when to work separately? In Good Cop/Bad Cop, Thomas P. Lyon brings together perspectives on environmental NGOs from leading social scientists, as well as leaders from within the NGO and corporate worlds, to assess the state of knowledge on the tactics and the effectiveness of environmental groups. Contributions from Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the World Wildlife Fund describe each organization s structure and key objectives, and present case studies that illustrate how each organization makes a difference, especially with regard to its strategies toward corporate engagement. To provide additional perspective, high-level executives from BP and Ford share their views on what causes these relationships between companies and NGOs to either succeed or fail. For students of the social sciences and NGO practitioners, this book takes an important step in addressing an urgent need for objective study of NGO operations and their effectiveness.

Green Liberalism - The Free And The Green Society (Paperback): Marcel Wissenburg Green Liberalism - The Free And The Green Society (Paperback)
Marcel Wissenburg
R959 Discovery Miles 9 590 Special order

This is an agenda-setting exploration of the relationship between green politics and liberal ideology. Ecological problems provide unique challenges for liberal democracies. This challenge is examined by the author who aims to fill the gap between short-term ecological modernization and the politically infeasible longer term utopian approaches.

Earth First! and the Anti-Roads Movement (Paperback, New): Derek Wall Earth First! and the Anti-Roads Movement (Paperback, New)
Derek Wall
R1,226 Discovery Miles 12 260 Special order


Earth First! is one of the most controversial and well known green movements in the world and the driving force behind the anti-road campaigns of the 1990s, made famous by sabotage tactics.
Detailed accounts of major anti-road campaigns both in the UK and internationally are included, describing confrontations at Twyford, Newbury, Glasgow, the Autobahn in Germany, and information on the international spread of the Earth First! movement, with details of campaigns in Australia, Ireland, Germany, France, Holland and Eastern Europe. Earth First! and the Anti-Roads Movement traces the origins of the movement and the history of anti-roads activism in Britain since the 1880s. Radical EF! organisers describe how they took on their green activist identity, why they launched both EF! and the anti-roads movement, and their experiences of dramatic protest. Exposing the tensions between EF! and other green activists, they explain the political and economic influences on and the culture and politics of protest.
Showing how green social and political theory can be linked to practical struggles for environmental and social change, Derek Wall investigates key topics of political and sociological interest in Britain and the World today. This is an authoritative account based on passionate and lyrical autobiographical accutns form activists blended with a strong theoretical grounding.

eBook available with sample pages: 020301068X

A History of Environmental Politics Since 1945 (Hardcover): Samuel P. Hays A History of Environmental Politics Since 1945 (Hardcover)
Samuel P. Hays
R1,219 Discovery Miles 12 190 Special order

Long before public life in America was enlivened with such dramatic sound bites as acid rain, global warming, rain forests and the ozone layer, Samuel P. Hays was well launched in his career of tracking environmental politics. His first foray, a book on the early 20th century conservation movement, published in 1958, helped to launch environmental history as a field, and his continued writings after coming to the University of Pittsburgh in 1960 helped to bring the field to full flower. Now he has produced another volley which promises to continue to energize this growing and dynamic field of study, "A History of Environmental Politics Since 1945". Hays provides an overview of environmental politics during the last half century, both in its formative and in its maturing years, that will be useful to those who are actively engaged in environmental affairs and those who wish to watch and assess it from the sidelines. His themes are both simple and diverse. His overall focus is on the emergence of an environmental culture that has engaged millions of Americans in varied ways of thought and action, on the one hand, and the intense opposition to that drive on the other. Hays traces these themes through a wide range of issues such as the role of nature in an urban society; pollution and its causes and effects; the impact of an ever increasing population and its voracious appetite to consume. At the same time, he follows these threads through science, technology, economics, management, the structure of politics and the results of policy. "A History of Environmental Politics Since 1945" provides an introduction to the subject for both the specialist and the lay audience, the general public and the student. The text provides a high level of insight that will inform both those who are environmental experts and those who wish to take a first step at grasping the meaning of environmental issues. It constitutes a formative guide for a subject that promises to engage the nation ever more fully in the years to come.

Modern Environmentalism - An Introduction (Hardcover, 2 Ed): David Pepper Modern Environmentalism - An Introduction (Hardcover, 2 Ed)
David Pepper
R3,564 Discovery Miles 35 640 Special order

This volume presents an introduction to environmentalism, the history of attitudes to nature and the environment, and how these ideas relate to modern environmental ideologies. Examining key environmental ideas within their social and historical context, it outlines radical environmentalist approaches to valuing nature, to economics, Third World development, technology, ecofeminism and social change. This account interprets and sythesises the explosion of writing on the environment since the appearance of Pepper's earlier work, "The Roots of Modern Environmentalism". Pre-modern ideas about nature and humankind's relationship to it, the developments in science, and the roots of radical environmentalism in 19th and 20th century movements are surveyed. The main influences include Malthus, Darwin and Haeckel, utopian socialism, romanticism, and organic and holistic systems thinkers. Science is placed at the heart of the society-nature debate as the major constituent of our cultural filter, explaining how postmodern ideas of subjectivity and the breakdown of scientific authority have developed.

Green Parties in Europe (Hardcover, New edition): Emilie van Haute Green Parties in Europe (Hardcover, New edition)
Emilie van Haute; Series edited by Emilie van Haute
R2,685 Discovery Miles 26 850 Special order

The emergence of green parties throughout Europe during the 1980s marked the arrival of a new form of political movement, challenging established models of party politics and putting new issues on the political agenda. Since their emergence, green parties in Europe have faced different destinies; in countries such as Germany, Belgium, Finland, France, and Italy, they have accumulated electoral successes, participated in governments, implemented policies and established themselves as part of the party system. In other countries, their political relevance remains very limited. After more than 30 years on the political scene, green parties have proven to be more than just a temporary phenomenon. They have lost their newness, faced success and failure, power and opposition, grassroots enthusiasm and internal conflicts. Green Parties in Europe includes individual case studies and a comparative perspective to bring together international specialists engaged in the study of green parties. It renews and expands our knowledge about the green party family in Europe.

The Other Rights Revolution - Conservative Lawyers and the Remaking of American Government (Hardcover): Jefferson Decker The Other Rights Revolution - Conservative Lawyers and the Remaking of American Government (Hardcover)
Jefferson Decker
R2,078 Discovery Miles 20 780 Special order

In 1973, a group of California lawyers formed a non-profit, public-interest legal foundation dedicated to defending conservative principles in court. Calling themselves the Pacific Legal Foundation, they declared war on the U.S. regulatory state-the sets of rules, legal precedents, and bureaucratic processes that govern the way Americans do business. Believing that the growing size and complexity of government regulations threatened U.S. economy and infringed on property rights, Pacific Legal Foundation began to file a series of lawsuits challenging the government's power to plan the use of private land or protect environmental qualities. By the end of the decade, they had been joined in this effort by spin-off legal foundations across the country. The Other Rights Revolution explains how a little-known collection of lawyers and politicians-with some help from angry property owners and bulldozer-driving Sagebrush Rebels-tried to bring liberal government to heel in the final decades of the twentieth century. Decker demonstrates how legal and constitutional battles over property rights, preservation, and the environment helped to shape the political ideas and policy agendas of modern conservatism. By uncovering the history-including the regionally distinctive experiences of the American West-behind the conservative mobilization in the courts, Decker offers a new interpretation of the Reagan-era right.

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