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Author Buell, Frederick, 1942-

Title From apocalypse to way of life : four decades of environmental crisis in the U.S. / Frederick Buell.

Published New York : Routledge, [2003]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  363.700973 BUEL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xviii, 390 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface: The Decade of Crisis xi -- Part I Contesting Crisis -- 1. Politics of Denial 3 -- 2. Taking Crisis Seriously? 39 -- Part II Elaborating Crisis -- 3. Natures in Crisis, Part 1: An Inventory of the External World 73 -- 4. Natures in Crisis, Part 2: Deepening Intimacy 111 -- 5. Environmental Crisis as a Social Crisis 143 -- 6. Crisis History: From Prophecy to Risk, from Apocalypse to Dwelling Place 177 -- Part III Imagining Crisis -- 7. Culture of Hyperexuberance 211 -- 8. Representing Crisis: Environmental Crisis in Popular Fiction and Film 247 -- 9. Taking Crisis Seriously: Environmental Crisis and Contemporary Literature 285.
Summary Environmental crisis has plagued America and the world since the midtwentieth century, and it haunts us to this day. From Apocalypse to Way of Life offers a stirring, comprehensive account of the ongoing ecological catastrophe and our changing response to it. When people first became aware of the enormity of the crisis, they responded with alarm. Books like Rachel Carson's 1961 bestseller Silent Spring, which cataloged the destructive impact of chemicals on our ecosystem, typified the initial reaction. In more recent years, however, the growing complexity of environmental devastation has produced suffocating political and cultural forces that only blunt our responses to it. Today, while we know the situation is very bad, we have in too many ways come to accept the deterioration of our planet. Detailing the hard facts about con temporary threats to human health -- deforestation, freshwater depletion, ocean pollution, biodiversity loss, synthetic hormones -- Buell challenges the complacency of those who will dismiss the bearers of contemporary environmental warnings as mere "Chicken Littles." 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.
Subject Environmentalism -- United States.
Environmental policy -- United States.
ISBN 0415934079 (hardback)