Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge

Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge

by Lisa H. Sideris, Kathleen Dean Moore
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791474712

ISBN-13: 9780791474716

Pub. Date: 05/08/2008

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Leading scholars explore the full range and current significance of Carson’s work.

Long before Rachel Carson would become synonymous with environmental activism, she was a nature and science writer, penning The Sense of Wonder for children, and three books about the ocean and its inhabitants—including the bestselling The Sea around Us. Based

Overview

Leading scholars explore the full range and current significance of Carson’s work.

Long before Rachel Carson would become synonymous with environmental activism, she was a nature and science writer, penning The Sense of Wonder for children, and three books about the ocean and its inhabitants—including the bestselling The Sea around Us. Based solidly on science and written in beautiful prose, Carson’s work issued a practical and moral challenge to her readers: Can we find a way to live on earth with care and respect? In Rachel Carson, the first book to offer a sustained treatment of her work prior to Silent Spring, editors Lisa H. Sideris and Kathleen Dean Moore bring together seventeen writers, activists, and scholars from a range of disciplines to uncover the many sides of Rachel Carson. Exposing her enthusiasm for the natural world and the depth of her writings, the contributors examine her books, speeches, essays, and the letters she wrote as she prepared to die. A testament to Carson’s continued influence on environmental thought, this volume is for everyone who cares about finding ways to live sustainably on earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791474716
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
05/08/2008
Series:
SUNY series in Environmental Philosophy and Ethics Series
Pages:
297
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
Lisa H. Sideris

Part I: A Legacy of Activism and Advocacy

1. One Patriot
Terry Tempest Williams

2. Rachel Carson’s Scientific and Ocean Legacies
Jane Lubchenco

3. Rachel Carson and George J. Wallace: Why Public Environmental Scientists Should be Advocates for Nature
Peter C. List

Part II: Ethics on Land and at Sea

4. Rachel Carson’s Environmental Ethics
Philip Cafaro

5. Thinking Like a Mackerel: Rachel Carson’s Under the Sea-Wind as a Source for a Trans-Ecotonal Sea Ethic
Susan Power Bratton

6. The Conceptual Foundations of Rachel Carson’s Sea Ethic
J. Baird Callicott and Elyssa Back

7. Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us, Ocean-Centrism, and a Nascent Ocean Ethic
Gary Kroll

Part III: Reflections on Gender and Science

8. The Ecological Body: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and Breast Cancer
Lisa H. Sideris

9. Science and Spirit: Struggles of the Early Rachel Carson
Maril Hazlett

10. “Silence, Miss Carson!”: Science, Gender, and the
Reception of Silent Spring
Michael Smith

Part IV: An Ongoing Toxic Discourse

11. After Silent Spring: Ecological Effects of Pesticides on Public Health and on Birds and Other Organisms
David Pimentel

12. Contested Icons: Rachel Carson and DDT
Steve Maguire

13. In Her Footsteps
Christopher Merrill

14. Living Downstream of Silent Spring
Sandra Steingraber

Part V: A Legacy of Wonder

15. The Secular and Religious Sources of Rachel Carson’s Sense of Wonder
Lisa H. Sideris

16. How to Value a Flower: Locating Beauty in Toxic Landscapes
Vera Norwood

17. The Truth of the Barnacles: Rachel Carson and the Moral Significance of Wonder
Kathleen Dean Moore

Contributors
Index

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