Exploring ways of conceiving the complexity and multiplicity of humans' many interactive relationships with the environment, the contributors provide in-depth case studies of the interweaving of culture and nature in socio-historical processes. The case studies focus on the origin of environmental movements, the politicization of environmental issues in city politics, the development of a local energy production system, and the convergence of forest management practices toward a dominant scheme. They are supported by explorations of big-picture issues: recurring themes in studies of social and environmental dynamics, the difficulties of deliberative democracy, and the potential gains for socio-ecological research offered by developmental systems theory and Pierre Bourdieu's theory of intentionality.
How Nature Speaks includes a helpful primer, "On Thinking Dynamically about the Human Ecological Condition," which explains the basic principles of complexity and nonlinear thinking.
Contributors. Chuck Dyke, Yrjoe Haila, Ari Jokinen, Ville Lahde, Markus Laine, Iordanis Marcoulatos, John O'Neill, Susan Oyama, Taru Peltola, Lasse Peltonen, John Shotter, Peter Taylor
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"The strength of the collection lies in the contributors' creative and exploratory applications of scientific models in complexity and non-linear thinking to social movements and political debate." -- Cheryl Lousley * The Goose *
"This is not just another book on ecology! It is a book that makes the reader contemplate the most appropriate way to think about ecology." -- Hefin Jones * Biologist *