Contesting Earth's Future: Radical Ecology and Postmodernityby Michael E. Zimmerman
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… See more details below
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 workthe philosophical underpinnings of the radical ecological movementthat 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 branchesdeep 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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Table of Contents
|1||Deep Ecology's Wider Identification with Nature||19|
|2||Deep Ecology and Counterculturalism||57|
|3||Deep Ecology, Heidegger, and Postmodern Theory||91|
|4||Social Ecology and Its Critique of Deep Ecology||150|
|5||Radical Ecology, Transpersonal Psychology, and the Evolution of Consciousness||184|
|6||Ecofeminism's Critique of the Patriarchal Domination of Woman and Nature||233|
|7||Ecofeminism and Deep Ecology||276|
|8||Chaos Theory, Ecological Sensibility, and Cyborgism||318|
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