How Nature Speaks: The Dynamics of the Human Ecological Condition

How Nature Speaks: The Dynamics of the Human Ecological Condition

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822387718
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 02/24/2006
Series: New Ecologies for the Twenty-First Century
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Yrjö Haila is Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Tampere in Finland. Among his books are Humanity and Nature (with Richard Levins) and several books in Finnish.

Chuck Dyke is Professor of Philosophy at Temple University. He is the author of The Evolutionary Dynamics of Complex Systems and Through the Genetic Maze.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

ntroduction: What to Say about Nature’s “Speech” / Yrjo Haila and Chuck Dyke 1

Speaking of Nature / Susan Oyama 49

Natural Speech: A Hoary Story / Chuck Dyke 66

Gardens, Climate Changes, and Cultures: An Exploration into the Historical Nature of Environmental Problems / Ville Lähde 78

Participative Thinking: “Seeing the Face” and “Hearing the Voice” of Nature / John Shotter 106

Rethinking Intentionality: A Bourdieuian Perspective/ Iordanis Marcoulatos 127

Fluids on the Move: An Analogical Account of Environmental Mobilization / Lasse Peltonen 150

Fight Over the Face of Tampere: A Sneaking Transformation of a Local Political Field / Markus Laine 177

Stand/ardization and Entrainment in Forest Management / Ari Jokinen 198

Calculating the Futures: Stability and Change in a Local Energy Production System / Taru Peltola 218

Exploring Themes about Social Agency through Interpretation of Diagrams of Nature and Society / Peter Taylor 235

Who Speaks for Nature? / John O’Neill 261

Appendix: Primer: On Thinking Dynamically about the Human Ecological Condition / Chuck Dyke 279

References 303

Notes on Contributors 323

Index 325

What People are Saying About This

Maarten Hajer

“How to make nature speak? Whoever thought that the gravity of the current ecological problems leaves us no choice but to try and manage nature as best as we can is well advised to read this book. This fine collection gives us profound insights into the complex ways in which nature and the social are interwoven. Nature is not out there; it is present in every category we use to try and understand our environment. A product of years of scholarship, this is a welcome contribution to the literature.”

Richard Levins

“What? Another book on ecology and how we are messing up the world? Is this book really necessary? This is not just another book on ecology. It is a book about how to think about ecology. Philosophical explorations, metaphorical musings, case histories of community action seen in the light of systems dynamics, and mathematical exposition of non-linear dynamics in clear intuitive terms all converge to help us see the richness of ecology as the paradigmatic science for understanding complexity. And yes, this book is necessary.”

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