Deep Environmental Politics

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Cramer provides a window into the world of radical environmentalism and the political process. He examines how deep ecology evolved, how its ideas influence our lives, and how it impacts our laws.

The book begins with an overview of deep ecology and traces its history in American political thought. Cramer then looks at the tactics employed by radical environmentalists and the relationship formed between activists and their political counterparts. He explains the difference between what deep ecology ultimately wants and what it strives for on a daily basis. Federal environmental legislation and congressional testimony are analyzed for trends, and media coverage of radical environmentalism is also examined. Cramer provides the first comprehensive look at the impact of deep ecology and radical environmentalism on American environmental politics and law. This book will be invaluable to scholars and researchers of contemporary American politics and law, environmental studies, and the media.

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Provides a detailed examination of the role of deep ecology in American environmental politics, beginning with a substantial introduction to deep ecology, which is followed by an examination of the degree of influence that deep ecological philosophy has had on environmental politics through analysis of past legislation and current congressional testimony. The final section explores the relationship between deep ecology and both the mainstream and alternative medias in the US and abroad. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275960513
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/1998
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

PHILLIP F. CRAMER is a John W. Wade Scholar at Vanderbilt Law School.

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Table of Contents

1 Tenets of Deep Ecology 3
2 Roots of Deep Ecology 27
3 Rhetoric and Tactics of Deep Ecology 43
4 Introduction to Deep Ecology and Politics 63
5 Environmental Legislation 69
6 Congressional Testimony: Politics of Words 105
7 Congressional Testimony: Politics of Perspectives 127
8 Deep Ecology and the Legal System 149
9 Media and Politics 177
10 Media Coverage of Deep Ecology 181
11 The Media and Deep Ecology: A Closer Look 199
Conclusion: Avoiding the Mine by Trying to Stop the Tanker 217
Selected Bibliography 227
Index 235
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