Living Through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism
  • Living Through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism
  • Living Through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism

Living Through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism

by Paul Wapner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262014157

ISBN-13: 9780262014151

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: MIT Press

"Environmentalists have always worked to protect the wildness of nature but now must find a new direction. We have so tamed, colonized, and contaminated the natural world that safeguarding it from humans is no longer an option. Humanity's imprint is now every where and all efforts to "preserve" nature require extensive human intervention. At the same time, we are

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"Environmentalists have always worked to protect the wildness of nature but now must find a new direction. We have so tamed, colonized, and contaminated the natural world that safeguarding it from humans is no longer an option. Humanity's imprint is now every where and all efforts to "preserve" nature require extensive human intervention. At the same time, we are repeatedly told that there is no such thing as nature itself - only our own conceptions of it. One person's endangered species is another's dinner or source of income. In Living Through the End of Nature, Paul Wapner probes the meaning of environmentalism in a postnature age." Wapner argues that the end of nature represents not environmentalism's death knell but an opportunity to build a more effective political movement. He outlines the polarized positions of environmentalists, who strive to live in harmony with nature, and their opponents, who seek mastery over nature. Wapner argues that, without nature, neither of these two outlooks - the "dream of naturalism" or the "dream of mastery" - can be sustained today. Neither is appropriate for addressing such problems as biodiversity loss and climate change; we can neither go back to a preindustrial Elysium nor forward to a technological utopia. Instead, he proposes a third way that takes seriously the breached boundary between humans and nature and charts a co-evolutionary path in which environmentalists exploit the tension between naturalism and mastery to build a more sustainable, ecologically vibrant, and socially just world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262014151
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
964,850
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 American environmentalism and boundaries 35

3 The dream of naturalism 53

4 The dream of mastery 79

5 The great vanishing : into the postnature world 107

6 The nature of wilderness 133

7 The nature of climate change 169

8 Being an environmentalist : decisive uncertainty and the future of American environmentalism 201

Notes 221

References 237

Index 249

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