Debating the Earth: The Environmental Politics Reader

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Debating the Earth provides a complete introduction to the field of environmental politics. It highlights the diversity of political responses to environmental issues by bringing together forty essential readings in environmental politics. These readings cover various definitions of environmental crisis, its causes and effects, responses to it in institutions, politics, policies, community organizing, and lifestyle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198782285
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/3/1998
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction 1
Sect. I Limits and Survivalism 7
1 The Nature of Exponential Growth 9
2 The Tragedy of the Commons 23
3 Economic Growth, Carrying Capacity, and the Environment 35
Sect. II The Promethean Response 41
4 Introduction to The Resourceful Earth 43
5 The Ecorealist Manifesto 66
6 "Wise Use" and Environmental Anti-Science 70
Sect. III Administrative Rationalism 83
7 Rationality and the Logic of the National Environmental Policy Act 85
8 The Columbia River Basin: Experimenting with Sustainability 96
9 Limits of the Administrative Mind: The Problem of Defining Environmental Problems 110
Sect. IV Liberal Democracy 129
10 The Allocation and Distribution of Resources 131
11 Environmental Values for a Sustainable Society: The Democratic Challenge 147
12 The German Greens: Preparing for Another New Beginning? 162
13 The American Political Economy II: The Non-Politics of Laissez Faire 187
Sect. V Market Liberalism 205
14 Visions of the Environment and Rethinking the Way We Think 207
15 Political Pursuit of Private Gain: Environmental Goods 224
16 Selling Environmental Indulgences 237
Sect. VI Sustainable Development 255
17 From One Earth to One World - An Overview 257
18 The Politics of Sustainable Development: Global Norms for National Implementation 265
19 Sustainable Growth: An Impossibility Theorem 285
20 Development, Ecology, and Women 290
Sect. VII Ecological Modernization 299
21 The Politics of Ecological Modernization 301
22 A Global Marshall Plan 319
23 From Industrial Society to the Risk Society: Questions of Survival, Social Structure, and Ecological Enlightenment 327
Sect. VIII Deep Ecology and Bioregionalism 349
24 The Shallow and the Deep, Long-Range Ecology Movement: A Summary 353
25 Putting the Earth First 358
26 Living by Life: Some Bioregional Theory and Practice 365
27 Ecocentrism Explained and Defended 374
28 Introduction to Green Delusions 398
Sect. IX Social and Socialist Ecology 411
29 Society and Ecology 415
30 Toward an Ecological Feminism and a Feminist Ecology 429
31 Capitalism, Nature, Socialism: A Theoretical Introduction 438
32 Basic Positions of the Greens: For an Ecological Answer to the Economic Crisis 458
Sect. X Environmental Justice 467
33 Principles of Environmental Justice 469
34 Anatomy of Environmental Racism and the Environmental Justice Movement 471
35 Women of Color on the Front Line 493
Sect. XI The Green Movement 507
36 Politics Beyond the State: Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics 509
37 The Lilliput Strategy: Taking on the Multinationals 534
38 Strategies for Green Change 539
Sect. XII Ecological Democracy 557
39 Inequality, Ecojustice, and Ecological Rationality 559
40 Political and Ecological Communication 584
Bibliography 599
Index 605
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