Uncommon Ground Rethinking the Human Place in Nature

Author: William Cronon
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393315118
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Essays by revisionist historians, scientists, and cultural critics explore the connection between nature and American culture, analyzing how it is packaged and presented at places such as Sea World and the Nature Company stores

Uncommon Ground Rethinking the Human Place in Nature

Author: William Cronon
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393242528
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A controversial, timely reassessment of the environmentalist agenda by outstanding historians, scientists, and critics. In a lead essay that powerfully states the broad argument of the book, William Cronon writes that the environmentalist goal of wilderness preservation is conceptually and politically wrongheaded. Among the ironies and entanglements resulting from this goal are the sale of nature in our malls through the Nature Company, and the disputes between working people and environmentalists over spotted owls and other objects of species preservation. The problem is that we haven't learned to live responsibly in nature. The environmentalist aim of legislating humans out of the wilderness is no solution. People, Cronon argues, are inextricably tied to nature, whether they live in cities or countryside. Rather than attempt to exclude humans, environmental advocates should help us learn to live in some sustainable relationship with nature. It is our home.

Uncommon Ground

Author: William Cronon
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 9780393038729
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Provocative essays by revisionist historians, scientists, and cultural critics explore the connection between nature and American culture, analyzing how it is packaged and presented at places such as Sea World and the Nature Company stores.

Reinventing Nature

Author: Michael E. Soulé
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1559633115
Format: PDF
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How much of science is culturally constructed? How much depends on language and metaphor? How do our ideas about nature connect with reality? Can nature be "reinvented" through theme parks and malls, or through restoration?Reinventing Nature? is an interdisciplinary investigation of how perceptions and conceptions of nature affect both the individual experience and society's management of nature. Leading thinkers from a variety of fields -- philosophy, psychology, sociology, public policy, forestry, and others -- address the conflict between perception and reality of nature, each from a different perspective. The editors of the volume provide an insightful introductory chapter that places the book in the context of contemporary debates and a concluding chapter that brings together themes and draws conclusions from the dialogue.In addition to the editors, contributors include Albert Borgmann, David Graber, N. Katherine Hayles, Stephen R. Kellert, Gary P. Nabhan, Paul Shepard, and Donald Worster.

Nature s Metropolis Chicago and the Great West

Author: William Cronon
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393072452
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A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and Winner of the Bancroft Prize. "No one has written a better book about a city…Nature's Metropolis is elegant testimony to the proposition that economic, urban, environmental, and business history can be as graceful, powerful, and fascinating as a novel." —Kenneth T. Jackson, Boston Globe In this groundbreaking work, William Cronon gives us an environmental perspective on the history of nineteenth-century America. By exploring the ecological and economic changes that made Chicago America's most dynamic city and the Great West its hinterland, Mr. Cronon opens a new window onto our national past. This is the story of city and country becoming ever more tightly bound in a system so powerful that it reshaped the American landscape and transformed American culture. The world that emerged is our own. Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize

Under an Open Sky

Author: William Cronon
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393310634
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Essays examine the significance of the frontier in American history, the bases of a western identity, and the themes that connect the twentieth-century West to its more distant past

Changes in the Land

Author: William Cronon
Publisher: Hill and Wang
ISBN: 142992828X
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Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize Changes in the Land offers an original and persuasive interpretation of the changing circumstances in New England's plant and animal communities that occurred with the shift from Indian to European dominance. With the tools of both historian and ecologist, Cronon constructs an interdisciplinary analysis of how the land and the people influenced one another, and how that complex web of relationships shaped New England's communities.

Nature s Economy

Author: Donald Worster
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521468343
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Nature's Economy is a wide-ranging investigation of ecology's past. It traces the origins of the concept, discusses the thinkers who have shaped it, and shows how it in turn has shaped the modern perception of our place in nature. The book includes portraits of Linnaeus, Gilbert White, Darwin, Thoreau, and such key twentieth-century ecologists as Rachel Carson, Frederic Clements, Aldo Leopold, James Lovelock, and Eugene Odum. It concludes with a new Part VI, which looks at the directions ecology has taken most recently.

Windshield Wilderness

Author: David Louter
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 9780295989846
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In his engaging book Windshield Wilderness, David Louter explores the relationship between automobiles and national parks, and how together they have shaped our ideas of wilderness. National parks, he argues, did not develop as places set aside from the modern world, but rather came to be known and appreciated through technological progress in the form of cars and roads, leaving an enduring legacy of knowing nature through machines. With a lively style and striking illustrations, Louter traces the history of Washington State�s national parks -- Mount Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades -- to illustrate shifting ideas of wilderness as scenic, as roadless, and as ecological reserve. He reminds us that we cannot understand national parks without recognizing that cars have been central to how people experience and interpret their meaning, and especially how they perceive them as wild places. Windshield Wilderness explores what few histories of national parks address: what it means to view parks from the road and through a windshield. Building upon recent interpretations of wilderness as a cultural construct rather than as a pure state of nature, the story of autos in parks presents the preservation of wilderness as a dynamic and nuanced process.Windshield Wilderness illuminates the difficulty of separating human-modified landscapes from natural ones, encouraging us to recognize our connections with nature in national parks.

Hybrid Nature

Author: Daniel Schneider
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262016443
Format: PDF
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Biological sewage treatment, like electricity, power generation, telephones, and masstransit, has been a key technology and a major part of the urban infrastructure since the latenineteenth century. But sewage treatment plants are not only a ubiquitous component of the moderncity, they are also ecosystems--a hybrid variety that incorporates elements of both nature andindustry and embodies multiple contradictions. In Hybrid Nature, Daniel Schneider offers anenvironmental history of the biological sewage treatment plant in the United States and England,viewing it as an early and influential example of an industrial ecosystem. The sewage treatmentplant relies on microorganisms and other plants and animals but differs from a natural ecosystem inthe extent of human intervention in its creation and management. Schneider explores the relationshipbetween society and nature in the industrial ecosystem and the contradictions that define it[: thenaturalization of industry versus the industrialization of nature; the public interest versusprivate (patented) technology; engineers versus bacterial and human labor; and purification versusprofits in the marketing of sewage fertilizer.] Schneider also describes biotechnology's directconnections to the history of sewage treatment, and how genetic engineering is extending the reachesof the industrial ecosystem to such "natural" ecosystems as oceans, rivers, and forests.In a conclusion that shows how industrial ecosystems continue to evolve, Schneider discusses JohnTodd's Living Machine, a natural purification method of sewage treatment, as the embodiment of thecontradictions of the industrial ecosystem. The hardcover edition does not includea dust jacket.