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Resources Under Regimes: Technology, Environment, and the State (New Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine)

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Democratic or authoritarian, every society needs clean air and water; every state must manage its wildlife and natural resources. In this provocative, comparative study, Paul R. Josephson asks to what extent the form of a government and its economy--centrally planned or market, colonial or post-colonial--determines how politicians, bureaucrats, scientists, engineers, and industrialists address environmental and social problems presented by the transformation of nature into a humanized landscape.

Looking at the experiences of the industrialized and industrializing world, Resources under Regimes explores the relationship between science, technology, and the environment. Josephson considers global responses to deforestation, water pollution, and global warming, showing how different societies bring different values and assumptions to bear on the same problem, and arrive at different conclusions about the ideal outcome and the best way of achieving it. He reveals the important ways in which modern governments facilitate power generation, transportation, water production, and other technologies that improve the quality of life; and the equally critical ways in which they respond to the resulting depredations--the pollution, waste, and depletion that constitute the global environmental crisis at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Synopsis:

Democratic or authoritarian, every society needs clean air and water; every state must manage its wildlife and natural resources. In this provocative, comparative study, Josephson asks to what extent the form of a government and its economy--centrally planned or market, colonial or post-colonial--determines how politicians, bureaucrats, scientists, engineers, and industrialists address environmental and social problems presented by the transformation of nature into a humanized landscape.

About the Author

Paul R. Josephsonis Associate Professor of History and Director, <>Program in Science, Technology and Society, Colby College. His books include Industrialized Natureand Red Atom.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Nature, Technology, and Worldview

1. The Modern State, Industry, and the Transformation of Nature

2. The Coercive Appeal to Order: Authoritarian Approaches to Resource Management

3. Development, Colonialism, and the Environment

4. Biodiversity, Sustainability, and Technology in the Twenty-first Century

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674022430
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Author:
Josephson, Paul R.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Public Policy - Environmental Policy
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
Science -- History.
Subject:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Social Aspects
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Series Volume:
9
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 table
Pages:
278
Dimensions:
8 x 6 x 1 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
Reference » Science Reference » Technology
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » History of Science » General

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"Synopsis" by , Democratic or authoritarian, every society needs clean air and water; every state must manage its wildlife and natural resources. In this provocative, comparative study, Josephson asks to what extent the form of a government and its economy--centrally planned or market, colonial or post-colonial--determines how politicians, bureaucrats, scientists, engineers, and industrialists address environmental and social problems presented by the transformation of nature into a humanized landscape.
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