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The making of green knowledge : environmental politics and cultural transformation
Jamison, Andrew.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
xi, 205 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- On the ambiguities of greening -- Social movements and knowledge-making -- The dialectics of environmentalism -- National shades of green -- The challenge of green business -- On the dilemmas of activism -- Concluding reflections.
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1570 Lexile.

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The Making of Green Knowledge provides a wide ranging introduction to the politics of the environment and the development of environmental knowledge. Focusing in particular on the quest in recent years for more sustainable forms of socio-economic development, it attempts to place environmental politics within a broad historical perspective, and examines the different political strategies and cultural practices that have emerged. The Making of Green Knowledge is a uniquely personal exploration of the relationship between sustainable development, public participation, and cultural transformation. Through a highly accessible mix of theory, practical analysis and personal reflection it seeks to bring the making of green knowledge to life. Andrew Jamison is an American who has lived in Sweden since 1970 and is now Professor of Technology and Society at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is the co-author with Ron Eyerman of Social Movements: A Cognitive Approach (1991), Seeds of the Sixties (1994) and Music and Social Movements (1998).

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Jamison (Univ. of Aalborg, Sweden) has 30 years of analytical experience and participation in environmentalism. Here, the author analyzes how humans have been Greening their societies through a process of knowledge-making--cognitive praxis. In different parts of the world, Green theory and practice are being combined in different ways. Not only are environmentalists of the 1970s changing to become more efficient at influencing policy, but institutions (academic, government, corporate) are adjusting to concepts such as sustainable development. This analysis places environmentalism into historical context and reflects on how culture and society affect environmentalism, while in turn the concepts of Green thought influence society. Chapters address the ambiguity of Greening, social movements, national shades of Green, Green business, and the dilemmas of activism. Jamison book blends theory, practical analysis, and personal reflection to provide insight and understanding into the complex arena of environmental politics. He concludes that many obstacles remain to an ecological society but that "environmentalism has helped people world wide to rediscover their relationship with the earth." Recommended for upper-division undergraduates through faculty and researchers or anyone interested in Green politics. D. Ostergren Northern Arizona University

Table of Contents

1 On the ambiguities of greening
2 Social movements and knowledge making
3 The dialectics of environmentalism
4 National shades of green
5 The challenge of green business
6 On the dilemmas of activism
7 Concluding reflections