Environmental Citizenship / Edition 1

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Promoting environmental citizenship as a path to achieving sustainability — encouraging people to act according to the public environmental good — offers an alternative to the mainly market-based incentives used by most governments today.

This book considers the theory and practice of environmental citizenship, the obstacles to its realization, and the opportunities it presents for bringing about environmental and social sustainability. The multidisciplinary perspective — drawing on work in sociology, political theory, philosophy, psychology, and education — and the variety of approaches (from high theory to ethnographic studies) all converge on the relationship between citizenship and sustainability.

Placing environmental citizenship in the two-thousand-year tradition of citizenship itself, the book considers the nature, possibilities, and limits of citizenship as a way of promoting sustainability.Part I considers the theory and practice of environmental citizenship — what it is and how it can be achieved. Part II examines obstacles and opportunities for environmental citizenship. The book covers such topics as the necessity of an active role for the state, the claims of environmental justice, the democratic potential of online participation in rulemaking, and the role of education in promoting environmental citizenship. The multidisciplinary perspective and the combination of theory and practice make the book ideal for classroom use.

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"Dobson and Bell have done a great job collecting a set of thoughtful essays on a subject at once theoretical and practical. Their book provides a nice introduction for readers new to the subject of ecological citizenship and some interesting new material for a more advanced audience."—William Shutkin, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262524469
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Dobson is Professor of Politics at Keele University, UK. He is the author of Justice and the Environment, Green Political Thought, and Citizenship and the Environment.

Derek Bell is Lecturer in Political Thought at the University of Newcastle.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Theory and Practice 19
1 Resistance Is Fertile: From Environmental to Sustainability Citizenship 21
2 The Virtues of Environmental Citizenship 49
3 Local Landscapes and Global Belonging: Toward a Situated Citizenship of the Environment 75
4 No Sustainability without Justice: A Feminist Critique of Environmental Citizenship 101
5 Demonstrating Environmental Citizenship? A Study of Everyday Life among Green Activists 127
II Obstacles and Opportunities 151
6 Overcoming Obstacles to Ecological Citizenship: The Dominant Social Paradigm and Local Environmentalism 153
7 Justice, Governance, and Sustainability: Perspectives on Environmental Citizenship from North America and Europe 185
8 Virtual Environmental Citizenship: Web-Based Public Participation in Rule Making in the United States 207
9 Encouraging Environmental Citizenship: The Roles and Challenges for Schools 237
10 Promoting Environmental Citizenship through Learning: Toward a Theory of Change 263
List of Contributors 287
Index 291
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