Environmental Consciousness: The Roots of a New Political Agenda

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Stephen Hussey, Paul Richard Thompson
Transaction Publishers, 2004 - Political Science - 226 pages

Across the globe, environmental questions feature more and more in today's social and political agendas. In Western countries environmental campaigns target issues at home and abroad. They have a special urgency, which draws in an astonishing range of field campaigners, from young militants to rebel aristocrats. This book examines the roots of contemporary environmental consciousness and action in terms of both popular experience and tradition.

The global reach of this book reflects the character of contemporary environmentalism. It examines a geographically and thematically diverse range of case studies, including: British environmental campaigners in the Brazilian rainforest; ecocriticism and literature; the environmental movement in Kazakhstan; and medieval church iconography. The common theme linking each chapter is that environmental consciousness and activism are shaped through people's life stories, and that their memories are shaped not only through individual experience but also through myth, tradition, and collective memory.

Containing a wealth of empirical source material, Environmental Consciousness will be invaluable for sociologists and historians alike. It offers a cutting-edge illustration of how narrative and oral history can illuminate our understanding of an uncertain present.

Stephen Hussey is a research associate at the School of Education at the University of Cambridge. His previous publications include Childhood in Question and his next publication will be a book for the wider market entitled Headline History.

Paul Thompson is research professor in sociology and director of Qualidata at the University of Essex. He is also founder of the National Life Story Collection at the British Library National Sound Archive and founder-editor of Oral History. His previous publications include The Voice of the Past, The Edwardians, and The Work of William Morris.

 

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Contents

THE ROOTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL
1
THE ENGLISH THE TREES THE WILD
20
ANIMALS CHILDREN AND PEASANTS IN TUSCANY
55
NARRATING NATURE
63
WHEN THE WATER COMES
76
OUR LAND IS OUR ONLY WEALTH
91
ONSLAUGHT OF DEVELOPMENT
109
SIGNS OF THINGS TO COME
125
THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT IN KAZAKSTAN
139
PATHS TO ECOFEMINIST ACTIVISM
160
PATHWAYS TO THE AMAZON
174
REVIEWS
200
Simon Schamas Landscape and Memory
206
Name index
214
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Paul Thompson nbsp;is a research professor in sociology at the University of Essex. His books include nbsp;The Edwardians, The Voice of the Past, I Dont Feel Old, and The Myths We Live By. nbsp;His is co-editor with Bertaux ofnbsp; Between Generations: Family Models, Myths and Memories.

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