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1st Edition

Representing the Environment

ISBN 9780415145909
Published August 24, 2004 by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

The development of the environmental movement has relied heavily upon written and visual imagery. Representing the Environment offers an introductory guide to representations of the environment found in the media, literature, art and everyday life encounters.

Featuring case studies from Europe, the Americas and Australia, Representing the Environment provides practical guidance on how to study environmental representations from a cultural and historic perspective, and places the reader in the role of active interpreter. The book argues that studying representations provides an important lens on the development of environmental attitudes, values and decision-making.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Studying Environmental Representations  3. Representations in Context  4. The Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Legacies  5. Enlightenment and Romanticism  6. Empire, Exploitation and Control  7. Representing Urban Environments  8. Historic Cities, Future Cities  9. Conclusion

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John R. Gold is Professor of Urban Geography and George Revill is Senior Lecturer in Geography at Oxford Brookes University.


'An accessible, well-balanced and historically informed look at how societies portray and understand the natural environment.' - Richard Ek, Lund University, Sweden

'The strength of this text is the approachable way in which it has been written and the book provides a superb introduction for anyone wanting to better understand how the environment is being represented, by whom and for what purpose.' - Mags Adams, University of Salford, UK