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The Roots of Environmental Consciousness: Popular Tradition and Personal Experience

Edited By: Stephen Hussey and Paul Thompson


Hardback | Dec 2000 | #121536 | ISBN: 0415242592
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Across the globe, environmental issues are increasingly found towards the top of many and diverse political and social agendas. For example, environmental campaigns in western countries today, with their targets both at home and abroad, 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 consciousness and action in terms of both popular experience and tradition. The global spread of this book reflects the character of contemporary environmentalism. It examines a geographically and thematically diverse range of case studies, from mediaeval church iconography to multi-million pound development projects, from Italian peasant children to Britons in the Brazilian jungle. The common theme linking each chapter is that environmental consciousness and activism are shaped not only through individual experience but also through myth, tradition and collective memory. Containing a wealth of empirical source material, this book will be invaluable for sociologists and historians alike. it offers cutting-edge illustration of how narrative and oral history can illuminate our understanding of an uncertain present.


Introduction 1. The English, the trees, the wild and the green Paul Thompson 2. Animals, children and peasants in Tuscany Giovanni Contini 3. Narrating Nature: perceptions of the environment and attitudes towards it in life stories Daniela Koleva 4. When the water comes: memories of survival after the 1953 flood Selma Leydesdorff 5. Our land is our only wealth Olivia Bennett 6. Using community memory against the onslaught of development: resettlement in Zapata, Texas Jaclyn Jeffrey 7. Signs of things to come: metaphor and environmental consciousness in a Yuctecan community David Forrest 8. The environmental movement in Kasakstan Timothy Edmunds 9. Paths to ecofeminist activism: life stories from the north-east of England Niamh Moore 10. Pathways to the Amazon: British campaigners in the Brazilian rainforest Andreaa Zhouri

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