Environmentalism in the United States

Changing Patterns of Activism and Advocacy

Edited by Elizabeth Bomberg, David Schlosberg

© 2009 – Routledge

170 pages

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About the Book

Environmentalism – defined here as activism aimed at protecting the environment or improving its condition – is undergoing significant change in the United States. Under attack from the current administration and direct questioning from its own ranks, environmentalism in the US is at a crossroads. This special issue will explore the changing patterns of and challenges to environmentalism in the contemporary US. More specifically, it will examine the following dynamics:

· the re-conceptualisation of core ideas and strategies defining US environmentalism;

· questions of identity and relations with other advocacy groups (including labour, global justice and women’s groups);

· institutional change (especially the shift away from regulatory policies and approaches);

· the expanding arenas of activism, to both above and below the state;

· environmentalists’ response to Bush administration policies and priorities.

This book was previously published as a special issue of Environmental Politics.

Table of Contents

  1. Perspectives on American environmentalism David Schlosberg and Elizabeth Bomberg
  2. Producing political climate change: the hidden life of US environmentalismPhilip Brick and R. McGreggor Cawley
  3. Populism, paternalism and the state of environmentalism in the US John M. Meyer
  4. The environmentalist: 'what is to be done?' William Chaloupka
  5. Ecological modernisation, American style David Schlosberg and Sara Rinfret
  6. Living environmentalisms: coalition politics, social reproduction, and environmental justice Giovanna Di Chiro
  7. Radical environmentalism in an age of antiterrorism Steve Vanderheiden
  8. Failure and opportunity: environmental groups in US climate change policy Gary Bryner
  9. US environmentalism in comparative perspective Elizabeth Bomberg and David Schlosberg

About the Editors

Elizabeth Bomberg is Senior Lecturer in Politics and the University of Edinburgh.

David Schlosberg is Professor of Political Science at Northern Arizona University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL044000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy