Politics of the Earth Environmental Discourses

ISBN-10: 0199277397
ISBN-13: 9780199277391
Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)
Authors: John S. Dryzek
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

The Politics of the Earth provides an excellent and accessible introduction to thinking about the environment by looking at the way people use language on environmental issues. John Dryzek analyzes the various approaches which have dominated environmental issues over the last three decades, and which are likely to be influential in the future. These perspectives range from faith in unlimited economic growth to radical green politics. The history, interplay, and impact of these perspectives are analyzed and assessed, concluding with a plea for ecological democracy.

Preface
List of Boxes and Figures
Introduction
Making Sense of Earth's Politics: A Discourse Approach
The changing terms of environmental politics
A discourse approach
Classifying the main environmental discourses
Questions to ask about discourses
The differences that discourses make
The uses of discourse analysis
Global Limits and Their Denial
Looming Tragedy: Survivalism
The origins of survivalism
To the limits-and beyond
The political philosophy of survivalism
Discourse analysis of survivalism
Survivalism in practice
Survivalism: an assessment
Growth Forever: The Promethean Response
The Promethean background
Promethean argument to the foreground
Analysis of Promethean discourse
The impact of Promethean discourse
Promethean discourse: an assessment
Solving Environmental Problems
Leave it to the Experts: Administrative Rationalism
The repertoire of administrative rationalism
Discourse analysis of administrative rationalism
The justification of administrative rationalism
Administrative rationalism in crisis
From government to governance?
Leave it to the People: Democratic Pragmatism
Democratic pragmatism in action
Democratic pragmatism as government and governance
Discourse analysis of democratic pragmatism
The limits of democratic pragmatism
Leave it to the Market: Economic Rationalism
Privatizing everything if you can
If you can't privatize it, market it anyway
Analysis of economic rationalism discourse
An assessment of economic rationalism
The Quest for Sustainability
Environmentally Benign Growth: Sustainable Development
What is sustainable development?
The career of the concept
Discourse analysis of sustainable development
Whither sustainable development?
Industrial Society and Beyond: Ecological Modernization
Cleanest and greenest
The idea of ecological modernization
Discourse analysis of ecological modernization
Radicalizing ecological modernization?
Ecological modernization in the balance
Green Radicalism
Changing People: Green Consciousness
The varieties of green consciousness
The romantic disposition and its critics
Discourse analysis of green consciousness
The impact of green consciousness change
Can green consciousness save the earth?
Changing Society: Green Politics
The varieties of green politics
Discourse analysis of green politics
Green politics in practice
Being green in global capitalist times
Conclusion
Ecological Democracy
References
Index

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