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Ecological Pioneers : A Social History of Australian Ecological Thought and Action - Martin Mulligan

Ecological Pioneers

A Social History of Australian Ecological Thought and Action

Paperback Published: 22nd October 2001
ISBN: 9780521009560
Number Of Pages: 348

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Whenever the history of ecological thought has been written the contributions of Australian thinkers have been omitted. Yet Australia as a continent of extreme, rare and complex environments has produced a startling group of ecological pioneers. Across a wide range of human endeavour, Australian thinkers and innovators - whether they have thought of themselves as environmentalists or not - have made some truly original contributions to ecological thought. Ecological Pioneers traces the emergence of ecological understandings in Australia. By constructing a social history with chapters focusing on different fields in the arts, sciences, politics and public life, the authors bring to life the work of significant individuals. Some of the ecological pioneers featured include Joseph Banks, Russell Drysdale, Judith Wright, Myles Dunphy, Philip Crosbie Morrison, Vincent Serventy, Francis Ratcliffe, the Gurindji and Yolngu peoples, Bill Mollison, Jack Mundey, Val Plumwood, Michael Leunig, and many more.

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'For Australians of any age, it is a superb primer for increasing one's knowledge of the history of ecology in this country.' Gardening Australia 'Mulligan and Hill's Ecological Pioneers provides a rate conjunction: a rattling good read that is also a work of wide-ranging yet meticulously detailed scholarship ... its emphasis on the human and the vulnerable makes for an account that is more than usually engaging ... it is my opinion that this is a very fine book ... what emerges is an informative, compelling, compassionate, grounded and immensely entertaining social history of Australian environmentalism.' Ecopolitics

Acknowledgementsp. vi
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
The Colonisation of Australian Nature and Early Ecological Thoughtp. 16
Seeing the Land in a New Light: People and Landscapes in Australian Artp. 34
Of Drovers' Wives and a Timeless Land: Land and Identity in Australian Literaturep. 72
Taking Nature to the Public: Journalists, Broadcasters and Writers as Educatorsp. 112
Towards a Conservation Ethic: Birth of the Conservation Movementp. 136
Working in the Borderlands: Australian Innovations in Ecological Sciencep. 164
Thinking like an Ecosystem: Australian Innovations in Land and Resource Managementp. 191
Challenging terra nullius Views: The Aboriginal Land Rights Movementp. 216
Green Politics in the Wide Brown Land: Wilderness Politics and Social Justice Agendasp. 243
Towards a Communicative Ethic: Australian Contributions to Ecophilosophyp. 274
Conclusionsp. 301
Notesp. 315
Bibliographyp. 322
Indexp. 329
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ISBN: 9780521009560
ISBN-10: 0521009561
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 22nd October 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.56