Contesting Earth's Future: Radical Ecology and Postmodernity

Contesting Earth's Future: Radical Ecology and Postmodernity

by Michael E. Zimmerman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520084772

ISBN-13: 9780520084773

Pub. Date: 09/15/1994

Publisher: University of California Press

Radical ecology typically brings to mind media images of ecological activists standing before loggers' saws, staging anti-nuclear marches, and confronting polluters on the high seas. Yet for more than twenty years, the activities of organizations such as the Greens and Earth First! have been influenced by a diverse, less-publicized group of radical ecological

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Radical ecology typically brings to mind media images of ecological activists standing before loggers' saws, staging anti-nuclear marches, and confronting polluters on the high seas. Yet for more than twenty years, the activities of organizations such as the Greens and Earth First! have been influenced by a diverse, less-publicized group of radical ecological philosophers. It is their work—the philosophical underpinnings of the radical ecological movement—that is the subject of Contesting Earth's Future.

The book offers a much-needed, balanced appraisal of radical ecology's principles, goals, and limitations. Michael Zimmerman critically examines the movement's three major branches—deep ecology, social ecology, and ecofeminism. He also situates radical ecology within the complex cultural and political terrain of the late twentieth century, showing its relation to Martin Heidegger's anti-technological thought, 1960s counterculturalism, and contemporary theories of poststructuralism and postmodernity.

An early and influential ecological thinker, Zimmerman is uniquely qualified to provide a broad overview of radical environmentalism and delineate its various schools of thought. He clearly describes their defining arguments and internecine disputes, among them the charge that deep ecology is an anti-modern, proto-fascist ideology. Reflecting both the movement's promise and its dangers, this book is essential reading for all those concerned with the worldwide ecological crisis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520084773
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/15/1994
Pages:
447
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.23(h) x 1.31(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Deep Ecology's Wider Identification with Nature19
2Deep Ecology and Counterculturalism57
3Deep Ecology, Heidegger, and Postmodern Theory91
4Social Ecology and Its Critique of Deep Ecology150
5Radical Ecology, Transpersonal Psychology, and the Evolution of Consciousness184
6Ecofeminism's Critique of the Patriarchal Domination of Woman and Nature233
7Ecofeminism and Deep Ecology276
8Chaos Theory, Ecological Sensibility, and Cyborgism318
Notes379
Index437

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