By Kay Milton
Situated in a large spectrum of present study and perform, from analyses of eco-friendly ideology and imagery, enviromental legislation and coverage, and native enviromental activism within the West to ethnographic reports of relationships among people and their enviroments in hunter/gatherer societies, Enviromentalism: The View from Anthropology bargains an unique viewpoint on what's most likely the best-known factor of the past due 20th century.
It can be really worthy to all social scientists drawn to environmentalism and human ecology, to environmental policy-makers and to undergraduates, academics and researchers in social anthropology, improvement stories and sociology.
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That it is ours to manage, however, remains more or less unquestioned. Such management is commonly described in the language of intervention. But to intervene in the world, as Raymond Williams (1972:154) has pointed out, implies the possibility of our choosing not to do so. It implies that human beings can launch their interventions from a platform above the world, as though they could live on or off the environment, but are not destined to live within it. Indeed, this notion of action towards the environment as planned intervention in nature is fundamental to the Western notion of production.
To a striking extent, the 1970s analyses of UK NGOs like Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and others have been vindicated—down to such diverse and specific causes cèlèbres as the economics of nuclear power; the need for, and feasibility of, major programmes of energy conservation and improved end-use efficiencies; the arguments against ever-increasing proliferation of the private car; the links between environmental degradation in Third World countries and poverty and famine; and the impacts on vegetation and wildlife of modern agriculture.
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