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Pub. Date: 1997-09-01
Publisher(s): Univ of Minnesota Pr
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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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction. Contesting the Politics of Nature, Economy, and Culture xi
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 195(16)
Notes 211(38)
Index 249

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