Ecology and the World-system

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Walter L. Goldfrank, David Goodman, Andrew Szasz
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - Business & Economics - 265 pages

Integrating environmental and world-systems analyses in chapters ranging from the ancient to the contemporary, from the global to the local, from West to East, and from North to South, this book is the first collection to analyze environmental issues from the world-systems perspective. The introduction provides Immanuel Wallerstein's fullest explication of the role of ecological constraints in the world-system. Early chapters diagnose the increasing environmental threats to global sustainability and suggest ways to arrive at an integrated theoretical understanding of those threats. The work then shows the historical and geographical range necessary to do justice to ecological considerations in chapters considering ancient civilizations, capitalism, the circumpolar North, the dam-builders of Asia, and the polluters of East Central Europe. The final chapters analyze the successes and limits of environmental movements in the United States, South Africa, and South Korea.

 

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Contents

Ecosociology and Toxic Emissions
43
Ecological Relations and the Decline of Civilizations in the Bronze
87
WorldSystems
107
The Development of the Risk Economy in the Circumpolar North
123
The Japanese Way in East Asia
147
Forms and Concepts of Waste
165
The Environmental Movement in
189
Globalization Democratization and the Environment
213
Index
257
About the Contributors
263
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WALTER L. GOLDFRANK is Professor of Sociology at the University of California--Santa Cruz.

DAVID GOODMAN is Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

ANDREW SZASZ is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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