Environmentalism for a New Millennium

Environmentalism for a New Millennium : The Challenge of Coevolution

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Although closely associated with the 1960s, the environmental movement has a long history in the United States. In this book, Leslie Paul Thiele describes this history, particularly environmentalism as a social movement, tracing it from its beginnings in the mid-1800s to its broad role in the culture today. With a dispassionate eye, the author presents the key stages in environmentalism's development and the concerns which have driven it. The volume touches on issues in philosophy, political science, and sociology, and can serve as a general introduction to the field or as a textbook for courses in environmental ethics, environmental politics, or American social history.show more

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  • Hardback | 330 pages
  • 162.8 x 239.3 x 27.7mm | 661.87g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195124103
  • 9780195124101

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Thiele's book provides a comprehensive review of the national environmental movement. His analysis of the political, economic, social, and cultural factors underlying today's environmental problems also identifies changes needed in the next century. The opening chapter summarizes the history of the conservation movement in the US. Four waves of national environmental activity are presented, beginning with a period of conservation and responsible resource use from the mid-1800s to 1960. A second wave, identified as containment of environmental degradation by an industrial society, spans 1960s to 1980s. A period of co-optation, or mainstreaming environmentalism, is placed into the 1980s and the present decade. . . . Overall, a valuable blueprint for future environmental action. It should be widely read and is especially recommended for social, economic, and political scientists, ecologists, and those who consider themselves environmentalists. All levels. * Choice *show more

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