1st Edition

Forging Environmentalism
Justice, Livelihood, and Contested Environments

ISBN 9780765615367
Published July 15, 2006 by Routledge
416 Pages

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Book Description

Drawing on an unusually rich empirical base, this timely and compelling book examines how environmental values are constructed and legitimized within the policy process. It trains the spotlight on four environmentally significant countries - China, Japan, India, and the United States - representing a wide diversity of cultural, social, economic, and political characteristics. Through a combination of case studies and comparative analysis, the contributors illuminate cultural assumptions, standards, and analytic techniques that shape environmental actions and policies around the world. "Forging Environmentalism" provides valuable direction regarding what can be done to secure public support for environmental policies. Incorporating expert legal, economic, philosophical, sociological, and political perspective points the way toward the possibilities for a convergence of environmental norms and values across diverse cultures.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Editor's Note; INTRODUCTION, Joanne Bauer; PART I. ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES IN FOUR COUNTRIES; 1. The Politics and Ethics of Going Green in China: Pollution Control in Benxi City and Wetland Preservation in the Sanjiang Nature Reserve, Liu Yu, Pan Wei, Shen Mingming, Song Guojun, Vivian Bertrand; Introduction by Judith Shapiro; 2. From Kogai to Kankyo Mondai: Nature, Development, and Social Conflict in Japan, Kada Yukiko, Tanaka Shigeru, Arakaki Tazusa, Watanabe Shinichi, Steven Hoffman; Introduction by Jeffrey Broadbent; 3. Rethinking Indian Environmentalism: Industrial Pollution in Delhi and Fisheries in Kerala India, Amita Baviskar, Subir Sinha, Kavita Philip; Introduction by Paul Greenough; 4. Two Faces of American Environmentalism: The Quest for Justice in Southern Louisiana and Sustainability in the Sonoran Desert, David Jenkins, Joanne Bauer, Scott Bruton, Diane Austin and Thomas McGuire; Introduction by Keith Kloor; PART II. UNDERSTANDING VALUES CROSS-NATIONALLY; 5. The Value of Legality in Environmental Action, Sheila Sen Jasanoff; 6. Environmental Transformations and the Values of Modernity, Arun Agrawal; 7. Evaluating Environmental Justice, Robert Melchior Figueroa; 8. Finding Shared Values: Reason and Trust in Environmental Governance, Clark Miller; PART III. REFLECTIONS ON THE STUDY OF ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES; 9. How Shall We Study Values Comparatively? Joanne Bauer and Anna Ray Davies; List of Contributors; Index.

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