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From Apocalypse to Way of Life : Environmental Crisis in the American Century - Frederick Buell

From Apocalypse to Way of Life

Environmental Crisis in the American Century

Paperback Published: 28th September 2004
ISBN: 9780415950404
Number Of Pages: 400

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"From Apocalypse to Way of Life" is the most stirring, comprehensive account of the environmental crisis since Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring." In vivid prose, Frederick Buell illustrates the growing complexity of our ecological catastrophe as well as the suffocating political and cultural forces that blunt our response to it.
In some quarters, the prophecies of doom have produced a Chicken Little syndrome: If the sky has not yet fallen, why should we believe it will? Buell counters with the hard facts about contemporary threats to human health--deforestation freshwater depletion, ocean pollution, biodiversity loss, synthetic hormones--while tracing the expressions of environmental apocalypse in popular culture.
With passion and eloquence, From Apocalypse to Way of Life shows us the crisis that is staring us in the face, and explains why we can no longer see it.

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'Outstanding... an important book.' - Andy McLaughlin, author of Regarding Nature

'This is one of the best books I have read on environmental politics in a long, long time.' - John Barry, author of The Environment and Social Theory

'This is a fascinating book: a must-read for anyone anywhere who needs a good explanation of the environmental crisis we have learned to inhabit.' - Local Environment

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Preface: The Decade of Crisisp. xi
Contesting Crisis
The Politics of Denialp. 3
Taking Crisis Seriously?p. 39
Elaborating Crisis
An Introductory Cautionp. 69
Natures in Crisis, Part 1: An Inventory of the External Worldp. 73
Natures in Crisis, Part 2: Deepening Intimacyp. 111
Environmental Crisis as a Social Crisisp. 143
Crisis History: From Prophecy to Risk, from Apocalypse to Dwelling Placep. 177
Imagining Crisis
The Culture of Hyperexuberancep. 211
Representing Crisis: Environmental Crisis in Popular Fiction and Filmp. 247
Taking Crisis Seriously: Environmental Crisis and Contemporary Literaturep. 285
Appendixp. 323
Notesp. 335
Indexp. 375
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ISBN: 9780415950404
ISBN-10: 0415950406
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 28th September 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1