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An Interdisciplinary Anthology

Selected, Edited, and with Introductions by Glenn Adelson, James Engell, Brent Ranalli, and K. P. Van Anglen

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This major, definitive anthology of writings is a complete and up-to-date guide to environmental literacy.

This major anthology is the first to apply a fully interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies. A comprehensive guide to environmental literacy, the book demonstrates how the sciences, social sciences, and humanities all contribute to understanding our interrelationships with the natural world. Though not specialized, Environment is a book that even specialists can learn from. Ten innovative case studies--climate shock, species endangerment, nuclear power, biotechnology, sustainable development, deforestation, environmental security, globalization, wilderness, and the urban environment—are followed by readings from specific disciplines. These can be integrated with the case studies to shape individual interests and teaching strategies. The volume presents an imaginative array of texts, from scientific papers to poetry, legal decisions to historical accounts, personal essays to economic analysis. Taken together, these selections provide a balanced, authoritative, and up-to-date treatment of key issues in environmental studies.

Glenn Adelson teaches biology and environmental studies at Wellesley College and is coauthor of Biodiversity: Exploring Values and Priorities in Conservation. James Engell is chair, English and American literature and language, and faculty member of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Brent Ranalli is senior analyst at The Cadmus Group, Inc., an employee-owned environmental consulting firm. K. P. Van Anglen teaches English at Boston University and helps edit the Princeton Thoreau Edition.

“The particular strength of this book is its inclusion of many writings from significant or ‘classic’ sources and its strong effort to span the disciplines.”—Deborah Dalton, University of Oklahoma

“This book should alleviate a lot of stress and hassle for Environmental Studies teachers. It’s a streamlined volume of the must-reads throughout the history of this important subject.”—Margaret Lowman, author of Life in the Treetops and co-author of It’s a Jungle Up There: More Tales from the Treetops

“This superb collection contains a comprehensive yet highly selective set of environmental writings. The book contains many classics as well as more recent pieces that are destined to become classics. Environment crosses over among environmental literature, science, technology and policy . . . often in the same section and sometimes within individual articles. Highly recommended for any student or scholar of environmental studies.”—Professor Andrew Friedland, Dartmouth Environmental Studies Program

"This broad collection captures both the breadth and essence of modern environmental studies. Assembled by four masters in the subject, it pulls together the elements from both the history of the field and its present-day growing edge."—E.O. Wilson, Harvard University Professor Emeritus

"A masterful blend of literature, history, political science, poetry, and the natural sciences. . . . There is something here for everyone, from the precollege student . . . to the graduate student . . . to the person who reads just for enjoyment."—F. Gene Hampton, Associate Professor, Johnson County Community College, Johnson County, Kansas

"Whether the reader needs perspectives from science, social science, or the humanities, this book will satisfy. . . . An outstanding collection of papers assembled in one convenient anthology. . . . Recommended"—Choice

"This comprehensive anthology is a goldmine for writing teachers whose courses are environmentally themed. It provides students with ample material to make connections between environmental issues in different disciplines, from history to biology to law. Selections were clearly chosen to model key elements of academic inquiry and argument, making the collection indispensable for student writers hoping to enhance their own powers of persuasion."—Kerry Walk, Director of the Princeton Writing Program

"[An] attractive and desirable anthology for students and teachers of environmental studies. . . . No doubt the best collection available and will do the planet a lot of good if widely read."--Environmental Values

"With its ambitious interdisciplinary approach, [this anthology] offers instant access to a huge range of information and ideas, and an exciting new perspective on the study of the environment."--Sarah Harda, Environment and Behavior

"This anthology has much to offer, not only to newcomers to the field, but also to specialists who sometimes want to step back and reflect on the bigger picture. It can often seem as though academic work on the environment is broken down into myriad individual niches; this book reveals the web of interconnections that binds it all together."-- Sarah Harda, Environment and Behavior

Selected as a 2008 AAUP University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries.
ISBN: 9780300110777
Publication Date: January 21, 2008
984 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
127 b/w illus.
How would you use an interdisciplinary anthology in your class? Read the excerpt, "The Design and Use of This Book." (PDF)