Living with Nature: Environmental Politics as Cultural Discourse

Paperback | September 15, 1999

EditorFrank Fischer, Maarten Hajer

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Despite the optimism of the `Earth Summit' held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, the politics of environmental sustainable development has reached an impasse. Why do issues of environmental protection continue to take a back seat to economic competition, particularly in the international realm? Oncethe environmental problem was widely recognised, it was held that consensus could be reached. In practice, however, the development of sustainability had often continued to merely extend earlier technocratic practices and solutions, which fail to take into consideration the specific culturalquestions. Living With Nature seeks to place the question of the dynamics of environmental crisis within a socio-cultural dimension of the existing economic and political institutions. The book argues for a need to find a new balance between a theoretical analysis of the debate and an appreciation of localcircumstances, norms and knowledge. Politically, it implies an implicit understanding of the way in which we live together with nature.

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Despite the optimism of the `Earth Summit' held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, the politics of environmental sustainable development has reached an impasse. Why do issues of environmental protection continue to take a back seat to economic competition, particularly in the international realm? Oncethe environmental problem was widely recogn...

Frank Fischer is a Professor of Political Science at Rugers and member of Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Maarten Hajer is a Professor of Political Science University of Amsterdam.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019829509X

ISBN - 13:9780198295099

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PART I. THE CULTURAL CONSTRUCTION FO THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT1. Wolfgang Sachs: Sustainable Development and the Crisis of Nature: On the Political Anatomy of an Oxymoron2. Yrjo Haila: The North as/and the Other: Ecology, Domination, Solidarity3. Carolyn Egri: Nature in Spiritual Traditions: Social and Cultural Implications for Environmental ChangePART II. DISCOURSE IN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND EXPERTISE4. Josef Keulartz.: Engineering the Environment: The Politics of Nature Development5. Timothy Luke: Eco-managerialism: Environmental Studies as a Power/Knowledge Formation6. Peter Taylor: Mapping Complex Socio-Natural Relationships: Cases from Mexico and Africa7. Michael Thompson: Security and Solidarity: Toward an Anti-Reductionist Framework for the Analysis of Environmental PolicyPART III. ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND CULTURAL DIFFERENCE8. David Harvey: The Environment of Justice9. Douglas Torgerson: Images of Place in Green Politics: The Cultural Mirror of Indigenous Traditions10. Carolyn Merchant: Partnership Ethics and Cultural Discourse: Women and the Earth Summit

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`Sometimes, at most once a year, a book is published that shocks you and at the same time brings about a new order in your head. After reading you wonder how you ever could think differently. living with nature is such a book.'Hein-Anton Van Der Heijden, Environmental Politics, Vol.9, No.2.