Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge

Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge

by Lisa H. Sideris, Kathleen Dean Moore
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791474720

ISBN-13: 9780791474723

Pub. Date: 05/08/2008

Publisher: State University of New York Press

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

Overview

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:
9780791474723
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
05/08/2008
Series:
SUNY series in Environmental Philosophy and Ethics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
297
Sales rank:
970,043
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction   Lisa H. Sideris   Kathleen Dean Moore     1
A Legacy of Activism and Advocacy
One Patriot   Terry Tempest Williams     16
Rachel Carson's Scientific and Ocean Legacies   Jane Lubchenco     29
Rachel Carson and George J. Wallace: Why Public Environmental Scientists Should Be Advocates for Nature   Peter C. List     41
Ethics on Land and at Sea
Rachel Carson's Environmental Ethics   Philip Cafaro     60
Thinking Like a Mackerel: Rachel Carson's Under the Sea-Wind as a Source for a Trans-Ecotonal Sea Ethic   Susan Power Bratton     79
The Conceptual Foundations of Rachel Carson's Sea Ethic   J. Baird Callicott   Elyssa Back     94
Rachel Carson's The Sea Around Us, Ocean-Centrism, and a Nascent Ocean Ethic   Gary Kroll     118
Reflections on Gender and Science
The Ecological Body: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and Breast Cancer   Lisa H. Sideris     136
Science and Spirit: Struggles of the Early Rachel Carson   Maril Hazlett     149
"Silence, Miss Carson!": Science, Gender, and the Reception of Silent Spring   Michael Smith     168
An Ongoing Toxic Discourse
After Silent Spring: Ecological Effects of Pesticides onPublic Health and on Birds and Other Organisms   David Pimentel     190
Contested Icons: Rachel Carson and DDT   Steve Maguire     194
In Her Footsteps   Christopher Merrill     215
Living Downstream of Silent Spring   Sandra Steingraber     220
A Legacy of Wonder
The Secular and Religious Sources of Rachel Carson's Sense of Wonder   Lisa H. Sideris     232
How to Value a Flower: Locating Beauty in Toxic Landscapes   Vera Norwood     251
The Truth of the Barnacles: Rachel Carson and the Moral Significance of Wonder   Kathleen Dean Moore     267
Contributors     281
Index     283

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