Ecoscapes : Geographical Patternings of Relations

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This volume presents the concept of Ecoscape as spatial interrelations, or spatially patterned processes, that are constitutive of an environment_an ecosystem. Contributors investigate environmental issues concerning the human impact on geohistory, food distribution, genetically modified biota, waste management, scientific mapping, and the rethinking of human identity.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 20.3mm | 453.6g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0739114492
  • 9780739114490

About Gary Backhaus

Gary Backhaus teaches philosophy at Morgan State University. John Murungi is professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Towson University.
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Review quote

This volume creatively opens up and critically explores an engaging theoretical space and suggestive cultural perspective with the notion of the 'ecoscape'-Backhaus' and Murungi's robust new geographical and philosophical idea... Rooted within the broader framework of 'geophilia'-literally, love of the earth-this work shows the promise and productive power of a novel and emerging concept, one that should be of great interest to environmentalists, social theorists, geographers, and philosophers. -- David Macauley, Penn State University The volume as a whole offers readers suggestions about new concepts and reaffirmation of critiques, applied to specific historical and contemporary cases. Environmental Philosophy The contributors to Ecoscapes convince us that scholars of all disciplines must remain earthbound as we theorize. [It] is a must-read for any serious scholar. -- Lois Ann Lorentzen, University of San Francisco
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Figures Chapter 2 An Introduction to the Conceptual Formation of Ecoscapes Chapter 4 Imperial Gardens: Ecological Imperialism and the Re-Seeding of the New World Chapter 4 Chickens, Eggs, and the Corn that Feeds Them: Exploring the Dialectics of Native and Hybrid Ecoscapes in Mexico Chapter 5 Ecoscapes and Environmental Problems: The Case of Puebla's Municipal Slaughterhouse, Puebla, Mexico Chapter 5 Scape Invaders: Transgenic Animals, Nature and the Ecoscape Chapter 6 Cultivating Famine: In Search of the Miracle Seed Chapter 6 Enlightenment Geography & Local Mapping Initiatives: From the Office to the Field, 1700-1815 Chapter 8 From Farmsteads to Slag Heaps: The Restless Ecoscapeof the Ruhr Valley of Germany, 1830-1930 Chapter 10 Ecology, Technology, and Wilderness Management: A Clash of Eco-Spatial Paradigms Chapter 12 Chronoscapes/Chronos Escapes: A Meditation on Historical Time Chapter 12 Preface: Geophilia: A Transdisciplinary Science Formed on the Basis of Geographicity Chapter 13 Lifeworld Cartography: Echoes, Footprints, and Other Guideposts to the Self Chapter 14 Epilogue: Soiled Work Chapter 15 Selected Bibliography Chapter 16 Index Chapter 17 About the Contributors
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