Based on either written or oral interviews with a dozen prominent environmental writers, What's Nature Worth? explores how the art of storytelling might bring new perspectives and insights to economic and policy discussions regarding the "value" of nature and the environment. The diverse points of view explored, and the writers' insistence on careful interpretation, demonstrate that environmental values are complex, rich, and deeply felt--far more so than mainstream economic methodology would have us believe. There is general consensus among the contributors that the narrative form allows for an exploration of the richness of what it means to "value" nature without being preachy or didactic. Following interviews with the twelve authors, examples of their work demonstrate how indirect expressions of value, in the words of Allison Hawthorne Deming, have an "emotional hue" that can replenish the energy depleted by the coldness of cost-benefit arguments.
Publisher: University of Utah Press,U.S.
Number of pages: 310
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 227 x 153 x 21 mm
"A fascinating collection of interviews and essays that examine how contemporary writers seek to express the inexpressible, to convey the values in nature 'as yet uncaptured by language, ' as Aldo Leopold once put it. Whether and how this mode of expression can inform public policy debates, as well as transform individual consciousness, is the subject of this innovative, interdisciplinary, and ultimately invaluable book."--Daniel J. Philippon, author of Conserving Words: How American Nature Writers Shaped the Environmental Movement
"Ambitious, groundbreaking....What's Nature Worth? will broaden and deepen the ways in which social and policy scientists think about and measure environmental values. It will bring the ways researchers deal with values more in line with the way people deal with values in their everyday lives."--Timothy Earle, Western Washington University
"What an original, brilliant, and simple idea! Satterfield and Slovic interview environmental writers about values, ethics, and narrative expression. By allowing the voices of the writers to emerge, this book shows how environmental literature can inform, indeed, transform environmental values discourse."--Mitchell Thomashow, author of Bringing the Biosphere Home