Environmental Realism

Challenging Solutions

Authors: Cockerill, K., Armstrong, M., Richter, J., Okie, J.G.

  • Offers an accessible cultural history of “solutions-based environmental thinking” 
  • Analyzes discourse used in environmental debates and ways in which societies frame these issues over time
  • Takes an interdisciplinary view to question solutions-based approaches to complex, persistent “wicked” environmental problems
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About this book

This interdisciplinary book challenges current approaches to “environmental problems” that perpetuate flawed but deeply embedded cultural beliefs about the role of science and technology in society. The authors elucidate and interrogate a cultural history of solutionism that typifies expectations that science can, should, and will reduce risk to people and property by containing and controlling biophysical phenomena. Using historical analysis, eco-evolutionary principles, and case studies on floods, radioactive waste, and epidemics, the authors show that perceived solutions to “environmental problems” generate new problems, leading to problem-solution cycles of increasing scope and complexity. The authors encourage readers to challenge the ideology of solutionism by considering the potential of language, social action and new paradigms of sustainability to shape management systems. This book will appeal to scholars in multi- and interdisciplinary fields such as Environment Studies, Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, and Science, Technology, and Society Studies.

About the authors

Kristan Cockerill is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Appalachian State University, USA.
Melanie Armstrong is an Assistant Professor in the Master in Environmental Management Program, Department of Environment and Sustainability, Western State Colorado University, USA.
Jennifer Richter is an Assistant Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University, USA.
Jordan G. Okie is an Assistant Research Professor at the School for Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, USA.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Why Challenge Solutions?

    Cockerill, Kristan (et al.)

    Pages 1-25

  • River Management and Restoration: Addressing Yesterday’s Solutions

    Cockerill, Kristan (et al.)

    Pages 27-44

  • The Human Nature of Infectious Disease

    Cockerill, Kristan (et al.)

    Pages 45-65

  • The Unpredictable Materiality of Radioactive Waste

    Cockerill, Kristan (et al.)

    Pages 67-87

  • Integrating Science and Society for Environmental Realism

    Cockerill, Kristan (et al.)

    Pages 89-122

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52824-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52823-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Environmental Realism
Book Subtitle
Challenging Solutions
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52824-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52824-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52823-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 147
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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