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Author Summers, Gregory.

Title Consuming nature : environmentalism in the Fox River Valley, 1850-1950 / Gregory Summers.

Published Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2006.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  333.72097756 SUMM GD16    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 256 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-249) and index.
Contents Introduction : a river of paper? -- 1. The voice of industry -- 2. Working with nature -- 3. The renewal of progress -- 4. The consumer's metropolis -- 5. Enjoying the great outdoors -- 6. "Pollution concerns you!" -- Conclusion : the meaning of nature.
Summary "By exploring the evolution of electricity, highways, farming, and retail trade, Summers tracks the widening separation between production and consumption over a hundred years, a transformation that helps to explain the polarized character of modern environmental politics. He reveals that the redefinition of nature upon which environmentalism relied was the product of the very forces it opposed, a dilemma whose origins lay in the unexpected connection between the efficient use of natural resources and the growing movement to value nature in its own right. In this way, Summers shows that modern environmentalism is among the most important legacies of a consumer society."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Environmentalism -- Fox River Valley (Wis. and Ill.)
Fox River Valley (Wis. and Ill.) -- Environmental conditions.
ISBN 0700614869 (alk. paper)
Standard Number 9780700614868