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Conservation and the Gospel of Efficiency

Conservation and the Gospel of Efficiency - 59 edition

ISBN13: 978-0822957027

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ISBN13: 978-0822957027
ISBN10: 0822957027
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 59
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Published: 1959
International: No

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Conservation and the Gospel of Efficiency - 59 edition

ISBN13: 978-0822957027

Samuel P. Hays

ISBN13: 978-0822957027
ISBN10: 0822957027
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 59
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

Published: 1959
International: No
Summary

The relevance and importance of Samuel P. Hay's book Conservation and the Gospel of Efficiency has only increased over time. Written almost half a century ago, it offers an invaluable history of the conservation movement's origins, and provides an excellent context for contemporary enviromental problems and possible solutions.

The common assumption has been that the conservation movement was part of the popular uprising against control by the business community-"the people" versus "the interests." Hays's study shows, rather, that it came about as an attempt by scientists and technicians to apply their skills to the development and use of natural resources. The resulting conflicts, far from being concerned with unequal distribution of wealth, were struggles for policy control between conservation leaders and groups of resource users.

Against a background of rivers, forests, ranges, and public lands, this book defines two conflicting political processes: the demand for an integrated, controlled development guided by an elite group of scientists and technicians and the demand for a looser system allowing grassroots impulses to have a voice through elected government representatives.

Author Bio

Hays, Samuel P. :

Samuel P. Hays is professor emeritus of history at the University of Pittsburgh and author of Explorations in Environmental History, and, with Barbara D. Hays, Beauty, Health, and Permanence: Environmental Politics in the United States, 1955­1985. He and Barbara have amassed an extensive collection of documents, covering foreign and domestic issues and including material from all fifty states and more than four hundred nationally circulated environmental periodicals and state newsletters and magazines, now housed in the Environmental Archives of the Archives of Industrial Society at the University of Pittsburgh.


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