Moral Entanglements: Conserving Birds in Britain and Germany (Paperback)Stefan Bargheer (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
"This important book about the history of bird conservation in Europe has lessons for a North American audience."
"[Moral Entanglements] provides a well written historical account of bird watching, ornithology, and nature conservation in Britain and Germany, from the naturalist collectors of the late eighteenth century to current efforts in international biodiversity conservation, as well as fascinating insights into the societal and political settings of each of the two countries and how these have shaped two distinct sets of practices and institutions. . . . Bargheer makes a convincing argument about how the collecting game has shaped the relationship of many people with birds, and how the shift from specimen and egg collection to listing and nature photography turned a morally questionable practice into a motivator for nature conservation."--British Trust for Ornithology
"In Moral Entanglements, Stefan Bargheer achieves at a general level a significant accomplishment for any social scientist: the book provides a nonobvious, convincing, and relevant explanation for something seemingly already explained by common sense."--American Journal of Sociology
"I believe that Bargheer's insights give environmental sociologists a useful vantage point and framework to further analyse exactly how nature and the non-human world present a uniquely deep and effective reservoir of the sort of practice and experience that produces morality."
--British Journal of Sociology
"Moral Entanglements promotes a pragmatist approach to understanding the relation between morals and human actions.... an impressive piece of scholarship that provides both theoretical and methodological contributions to emerging scholarship on morality by expertly weaving together two centuries of data."--Acta Sociologica
"Moral Entanglements contains many suggestive insights for historically and sociologically minded readers alike. It can be seamlessly read in two distinct but complementary ways. It delivers an excellent, in-depth study of the historical development and the social contexts of bird watching and bird conservation. And, at the same time, it uses birds as a cultural lens to probe, in a highly original way, fundamental issues about the sociology of morality."
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