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Environmental Realism

Challenging Solutions

  • Kristan Cockerill
  • Melanie Armstrong
  • Jennifer Richter
  • Jordan G. Okie

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Kristan Cockerill, Melanie Armstrong, Jennifer Richter, Jordan G. Okie
    Pages 1-25
  3. Kristan Cockerill, Melanie Armstrong, Jennifer Richter, Jordan G. Okie
    Pages 27-44
  4. Kristan Cockerill, Melanie Armstrong, Jennifer Richter, Jordan G. Okie
    Pages 45-65
  5. Kristan Cockerill, Melanie Armstrong, Jennifer Richter, Jordan G. Okie
    Pages 67-87
  6. Kristan Cockerill, Melanie Armstrong, Jennifer Richter, Jordan G. Okie
    Pages 89-122
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 123-147

About this book

Introduction

This interdisciplinary book challenges current approaches to “environmental problems” that perpetuate flawed but deeply embedded cultural beliefs about the role of science and technology in society. The authors elucidate and interrogate a cultural history of solutionism that typifies expectations that science can, should, and will reduce risk to people and property by containing and controlling biophysical phenomena. Using historical analysis, eco-evolutionary principles, and case studies on floods, radioactive waste, and epidemics, the authors show that perceived solutions to “environmental problems” generate new problems, leading to problem-solution cycles of increasing scope and complexity. The authors encourage readers to challenge the ideology of solutionism by considering the potential of language, social action and new paradigms of sustainability to shape management systems. This book will appeal to scholars in multi- and interdisciplinary fields such as Environment Studies, Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, and Science, Technology, and Society Studies.


Kristan Cockerill is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Appalachian State University, USA.

Melanie Armstrong is an Assistant Professor in the Master in Environmental Management Program, Department of Environment and Sustainability, Western State Colorado University, USA.

Jennifer Richter is an Assistant Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University, USA.

Jordan G. Okie is an Assistant Research Professor at the School for Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, USA.

Keywords

environmental politics natural landscapes nuclear energy microbial life sustainability eco-­‐human systems

Authors and affiliations

  • Kristan Cockerill
    • 1
  • Melanie Armstrong
    • 2
  • Jennifer Richter
    • 3
  • Jordan G. Okie
    • 4
  1. 1.Appalachian State UniversityBooneUSA
  2. 2.Western State Colorado UniversityGunnisonUSA
  3. 3.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  4. 4.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-52824-3
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-52823-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-52824-3
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