Eco-Warriors: Understanding the Radical Environmental Movement, Updates Edition / Edition 1

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Eco-Warriors was the first in-depth look at the people, actions, history and philosophies behind the "radical" environmental movement. Focusing on the work of Earth First!, the Sea Shepherds, Greenpeace, and the Animal Liberation Front, among others, Rik Scarce told exciting and sometimes frightening tales of front-line warriors defending an Earth they see as being in environmental peril. While continuing to study these movements as a Ph.D. student, Scarce was jailed for contempt of court for refusing to divulge his sources to prosecutors eager to thwart these groups’ activities. In this updated edition, Scarce brings the trajectory of this movement up to date—including material on the Earth Liberation Front—and provides current resources for all who wish to learn more about one of the most dynamic and confrontational political movements of our time. Literate, captivating, and informative, this is also an ideal volume for classes on environmentalism, social movements, or contemporary politics.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Scarce breaks new ground in dealing with animal rights and animal liberation groups and provides more detailed discussion of disruptive eco-tactics."
—CHOICE Magazine

"A good and honest book that tells about an important social movement."
—San Francisco Chronicle

"It may be hard for many to understand those who are willing to risk their lives in defense of the planet, but this book is excellent in explaining who they are and what motivates them…. Although the intensity and extremist tactics of the 'eco-warriors' may be off-putting, Scarce suggests that in the end we may owe thanks for our very survival to these people."
—Library Journal

"[T]his is a valuable introduction to the 'radical' environmentalists—those whose despair over the deterioration of the planet has moved them to take militant and sometimes violent action."
—The Progressive

"Rik Scarce examines the controversial world of radical environmentalism, providing a sympathetic and fascinating look inside the hearts and minds of those who would meld Gandhi with King Ludd."
—New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598740288
  • Publisher: Left Coast Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2005
  • Edition description: New Updated Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 335
  • Sales rank: 1,008,494
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rik Scarce is a Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College and author of Contmept of Court: A Scholar's Battle for Free Speech from Behind Bars (2005).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Updated Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Part 1 Towards an Understanding
Chapter 1 Gandhi Meets the Luddites 1
Chapter 2 A Question of Compromise 15
Chapter 3 Ecology Meets Philosophy 31
Part 2 Who Would Dare?
Chapter 4 Greenpeace: Bridge To Radicalism 47
Chapter 5 Earth First!: Cracking the Mold 57
Chapter 6 The Sea Shepherds: Bringing Justice to the High Seas 97
Chapter 7 Animal Liberation: From Labs to Hunt Sabs 115
Chapter 8 Radical Environmentalism's International Face 139
Part 3 Environmental Activism in Practice
Chapter 9 Hanging George Washington's Bib 163
Chapter 10 Not Just Tree Huggers Anymore 173
Chapter 11 Raid on Reykjavik 187
Chapter 12 Crowd on a Crane 201
Chapter 13 On the Warpath with Anna, Mel, and Lib 213
Chapter 14 In the Wild with "The Town Crier of the Global Village" 225
Part 4 Inspiration and the Future
Chapter 15 Stirring the Pot: Radical Environmental Literature, Music, Art, and Theater 239
Chapter 16 Conclusion: Of Change and Constancy 259
Getting Involved 287
Errata 289
Notes 291
Index 307
About the Author 315
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