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Light-Green Society Ecology and Technological Modernity in France, 1960-2000

ISBN-10: 0226044181
ISBN-13: 9780226044187
Edition: 2003
Authors: Michael D. Bess
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188

Bess traces the technological transformations that shook post-war France, and shows how they led, in turn, to the rise of environmentalist ideas. As technological modernity merged with environmentalism, he contends, the boundaries between nature and society became profoundly blurred.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
The Postwar Acceleration
Introduction
Nukes, Concordes, and Anxiety: The French "Special Relationship" with High Technology
Ambivalent Modernity
Europe's Nuclear Macho? Perceptions of France as a Relatively "Ungreen" Nation
The Postwar Boom: Continuity vs. Discontinuity
Technological Darwinism
The Great Renewal
Machine/Symbol: The Concorde
The Role of Nuclear Technology within the National Discourse of Anxiety
French Perceptions of the Rainbow Warrior Affair
Endangered Species: The French Peasant
The Rural Future: A Key Issue for the French Greens
Machine/Symbol: Le Cheval Vapeur (Farm tractor, or "Steam-Horse")
The Cultural Backlash: In Search of a New Rural Balance
Territorial Balancing
French Uniqueness, French Ordinariness
The Rise of Ecology
The Prehistory of Ecological Awareness
Environmentalism and Ecology: Working Definitions
Nineteenth-Century Precursors in France: From "Acclimatation" to Conservation
From Utility to Beauty: The Early Twentieth Century
1945-1960: Warnings Unheeded
The Unexpected Trajectory of Environmentalist Success
1960-1974: Taking it to a New Level
1974-1981: Eco-Quixote vs. Electricite de France
Machine/Symbol: The Nuclear Reactor
1981-1989: Entering the Political Fray
1989-present: "Tous Verts!"--"We are all environmentalists!"
Nuances of Dark Green: The Intellectual Horizons of French Environmentalism
A Revolution against the Industrial Revolution
The Two Main Currents of French Green Thought
Social Environmentalism: Four Interlocking Agendas
What Is Distinctive about the French Green Visions?
What Might it Actually Look Like? The French Green Utopia: A Guided Tour
Machine/Symbol: The Wind Turbine
A Society Goes Light-Green
The Dual Nature of Light-Green
Nature Penetrating into Society--Machine/Symbol: The Train a Grande Vitesse
Society Penetrating into Nature--Machine/Symbol: Brittany's Pointe du Raz
Greening the Mainstream Consumer: Ironic Twists of a Partial Revolution
Surface Change and Deep Change
Back to Nature
Eco-consumerism: The Overflowing Cornucopia of "Less is More"
Eco-labels and "Eco-Friendliness"
The Environmentalization of the State
Anti-statism, More Government
The Layer Cake of Green Governance: Six Levels, Three Modes
Key State Actors, Key Legal Turning-Points
Industrialists as Ecologists
Factories and Big Business: New Constraints, New Strategies
ISO-14000 and Eco-Audit: The Case of an Industrial Pioneer
The New Eco-Professions: Expansion in the Tertiary Sector
Elusive Sustainability: A Territorial Balance Sheet
The State of the French Territory: An Ecocentric Perspective
The Anthropocentric Perspective: Is the Light-Green Society Sustainable as a Habitat for Humans?
The Future of Nature in a Light-Green World: Long-Term Global Implications
The Light-Green Horizon
Broader Implications of the French Story
Humans and Nature on a Shrinking Earth
Artificialization and Its Discontents
The Rising Tide of Artifice
Machine/Symbol: Biotechnologies
La Gestion du Vivant: The "Management of All Living Things"
The Enduring Mirage of Wilderness: Philosophies of Nature for a Technologically Intensive Age
If Not the Dualism of Nature and Culture, then What?
The Case for Hybridity: A World of Intertwinings
The Case for Dualism: Wilderness as the Irreducible Other
From Wilderness to Wildness: A Paradoxical Synthesis
The Shifting Landscape of Tame and Wild
Nature Penetrating into Society: Emerging Connectedness
Society Penetrating into Nature: Ambiguous Control
A Cosmic Wilderness? Cousteau's Grandchildren Swim the Rings of Saturn
Conclusion
The Age of Ecology Arrives (But it is not what anyone expected)
A Planet of Paysage?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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