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Sustainability: A History

Jeremy L. Caradonna
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Language
English
ISBN
9780199372409, 0199372403
Summary
Today, the word is nearly ubiquitous: seeming to have come out of nowhere to dominate the discussion, from permaculture to renewable energy to the local food movement, the ideas that underlie and define sustainability can be traced back several centuries. In this illuminating and entertaining history, Jeremy L. Caradonna traces its origins to the emergence of planned yield forestry in the late 17th and 18th centuries, through the challenges of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th, the birth of the environmental movement in the 20th, and finally the emergence of a concrete effort to create a society that is stable, prosperous, ecologically minded, and forward looking. While sustainability draws upon ideas of social justice, ecological economics, and environmental conservation, it is more than the sum of its parts. Caradonna's book broadens our understanding of what the term means, showing how it progressed from a relatively marginal concept to an ideal that dominates lifestyle choices, government and corporate strategies, and even national and international policy.--From publisher description.
Contents
  • Loath this growth: sources of sustainability in the early modern world
  • The industrial revolution and its discontents
  • Eco-warriors: the environmental movement and the growth of ecological wisdom, 1960s-1970s
  • Eco-nomics
  • From concept to movement
  • Sustainability today: 2000-present
  • The future: 10 challenges for sustainability.
Description
x, 331 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-313) and index.
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