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Main Title Living through the end of nature : the future of American environmentalism /
Author Wapner, Paul Kevin.
Publisher MIT Press,
Year Published 2010
OCLC Number 436866908
ISBN 9780262014151; 0262014157
Subjects Environmentalism--United States ; Conservation of natural resources--United States ; nature conservation ; climatic change ; usa ; èOkologische Bewegung--(DE-588)4115439-3 ; Nachhaltigkeit--(DE-588)4326464-5 ; USA--(DE-588)4078704-7 ; Miljèorèorelser--Fèorenta staterna ; Klimatfèorändringar
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EIAM  GE197.W37 2010 Region 2 Library/New York,NY 10/27/2010
Collation xii, 252 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-248) and index.
Contents Notes American environmentalism and boundaries -- The dream of naturalism -- The dream of mastery -- The great vanishing : into the postnature world -- The nature of wilderness -- The nature of climate change -- Being an environmentalist : decisive uncertainty and the future of American environmentalism. "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."--Jacket.
Place Published Cambridge, Mass.
PUB Date Free Form c2010
BIB Level m
Cataloging Source OCLC/T
LCCN 2009036083
OCLC Time Stamp 20101020123022
Language eng
Origin OCLC
Type CAT
OCLC Rec Leader 03314cam 2200433 a 45020