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Ecocritique : Contesting the Politics of Nature, Economy, and Culture

Ecocritique : Contesting the Politics of Nature, Economy, and Culture - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0816628476

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Ecocritique : Contesting the Politics of Nature, Economy, and Culture - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0816628476

Timothy W. Luke

ISBN13: 978-0816628476
ISBN10: 0816628475
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

Ecocriticism, whether coming from "back to nature" conservatives, Nature Conservancy liberals, or Earth First! radicals, is familiar enough. But when we listen do we really hear what these groups are saying? In a book that examines the terms of ecocriticism, Timothy W. Luke exposes how ecological critics, organizations, and movements manipulate our conception of the environment.

Ecocritique rereads ecocriticism to reveal how power and economy, society and culture, community and technology compete over what are now widely regarded as the embattled ecosystems of nature. Luke considers in particular how the meanings and values attached to the environment by various groups--from the Worldwatch Institute, the Nature Conservancy, and Earth First! to proponents of green consumerism, social ecology, and sustainable development--articulate new visions of power and subjectivity for a post-Cold War era.

With its critical analysis of many contemporary environmental discourses and organizations, Ecocritique makes a major contribution to ongoing debates about the political relationships among nature, culture, and economics in the current global system.

Author Bio

Luke, Timothy W. : Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Timothy W. Luke is professor of political science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.



Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Contesting the Politics of Nature, Economy and Culture
  • Deep Ecology as Political Philosophy
  • Ecological Politics and Local Struggles: Earth First! as an Environmental Resistance Movement
  • The Nature Conservancy or the Nature Cemetery: Buying and Selling "Perpetual Care" as Environmental Resistance
  • Worldwatching at the Limits of Growth
  • Environmental Emulations: Terraforming Technologies and the Tourist Trade at Biosphere 2
  • Green Consumerism: Ecology and the Ruse of Recycling
  • Marcuse and the Politics of Radical Ecology
  • Developing an Arcological Politics: Paolo Soleri on Ecology, Architecture, and Society
  • Community and Ecology: Bookchin on the Politics of Ecocommunities and Ecotechnology
  • Conclusion: New Departures for Ecological Resistance

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