Ecological Resistance Movements

The Global Emergence of Radical and Popular Environmentalism

Edited by Bron Raymond Taylor

Subjects: Social Change, Political Science, International Environmental Studies, Environmental Studies, Environmental Sociology, Environmental Politics
Series: SUNY series in International Environmental Policy and Theory
Paperback : 9780791426463, 440 pages, October 1995
Hardcover : 9780791426456, 440 pages, October 1995

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Table of contents


Introduction: The Global Emergence of Popular Ecological Resistance

Bron Taylor

Part I. Popular Ecological Resistance in the Americas

1. Earth First! and Global Narratives of Popular Ecological Resistance

Bron Taylor

2. With Liberty and Environmental Justice for All: The Emergence and Challenge of Grassroots Environmentalism in the United States

Bob Edwards

3. Bread and Soil of Our Dreams: Women, the Environment, and Sustainable Development—Case Studies from Central America

Lois Ann Lorentzen

4. Profits, Parrots, Peons: Ethical Perplexities in the Amazon

Heidi Hadsell

Part II. Popular Ecological Resistance in Asia and in the Pacific

5. International Native Resistance to the New Resource Wars

Al Gedicks

6. Visitors to the Commons: Approaching Thailand's "Environmental" Struggles from a Western Starting Point

Larry Lohmann

7. Grassroots Environmental Resistance in India

Vikram K. Akula

8. Popular Environmentalists in the Philippines: People's Claims to Natural Resources

Emma Porio and Bron Taylor

Part III. Popular Ecological Resistance in Africa

9. Grassroots Resistance to Dominant Land-Use Patterns in Southern Africa

Yash Tandon

10. Luta , Livelihood, and Lifeworld in Contemporary Africa

Ben Wisner

Part IV. Popular Ecological Resistance in Europe

11. Have a Friend for Lunch: Norwegian Radical Ecology Versus Tradition

David Rothenberg

12. Between Moderation and Marginalization:Environmental Radicalism in Britain

Wolfgang Rüdig

13. Popular Resistance and the Emergence of Radical Environmentalism in Scotland

Brendan Hill, Rachel Freeman, Steve Blamires, and Alastair McIntosh

Part V. Concluding Reflections on the Global Emergence of Popular Ecological Resistance

14. Postmodern Environmentalism: A Critique of Deep Ecology

Jerry A. Stark

15. In Search of Gaian Politics: Earth Religion's Challenge to Modern Western Civilization

Daniel Deudney

16. In Defense of Banner Hangers: The Dark Green Politics of Greenpeace

Paul Wapner

17. The Effectiveness of Radical Environmentalists

Sheldon Kamieniecki, S. Dulaine Coleman, and Robert O. Vos

18. Popular Ecological Resistance and Radical Environmentalism

Bron Taylor





Ecological resistance movements are proliferating around the world. Some are explicitly radical in their ideas and militant in their tactics while others have emerged from a variety of social movements that, in response to environmental deterioration, have taken up ecological sustainability as a central objective. This book brings together a team of international scholars to examine contemporary movements of ecological resistance. The first four sections focus on the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Africa, and Europe, and the book concludes with a selection of articles that address the philosophical and moral issues these movements pose, assess trends found among them, and evaluate their impacts and prospects. [Among the many contributors to the volume are Daniel Deudney, Robert Edwards, Heidi Hadsell, Sheldon Kamieniecki, Lois Lorentzen, David Rothenberg, Wolfgang Rudig, Jerry Stark, Paul Wapner, and Ben Wisner. ]

Bron Raymond Taylor is Associate Professor of Religion and Social Ethics and Director of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He is the author of Affirmative Action at Work: Law, Politics, and Ethics and has published numerous articles about the religion, politics, and ethics of radical environmentalism.


"The authors pay serious, systematic attention to a social and political phenomenon (grassroots ecological resistance) of global importance. Taylor is correct in his claim in the Preface that insufficient scholarly attention has been paid to grassroots environmentalism. This book takes a big step in the right direction. It will appeal to a wide audience within the academy and without. " — Steve Breyman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"This book provides diverse points of view and gives a hearing for frequently unheard voices. It provides new information about environmental activism on a regional and global scale. " — J. Baird Callicott, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point