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Fields and Streams: Stream Restoration, Neoliberalism, and the Future of Environmental Science (Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation)


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Examining the science of stream restoration, Rebecca Lave argues that the neoliberal emphasis on the privatization and commercialization of knowledge has fundamentally changed the way that science is funded, organized, and viewed in the United States.

Stream restoration science and practice is in a startling state. The most widely respected expert in the field, Dave Rosgen, is a private consultant with relatively little formal scientific training. Since the mid-1990s, many academic and federal agencyandndash;based scientists have denounced Rosgen as a charlatan and a hack. Despite this, Rosgenandrsquo;s Natural Channel Design approach, classification system, and short-course series are not only accepted but are viewed as more legitimate than academically produced knowledge and training. Rosgenandrsquo;s methods are now promoted by federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, as well as by resource agencies in dozens of states.

Drawing on the work of Pierre Bourdieu, Lave demonstrates that the primary cause of Rosgenandrsquo;s success is neither the method nor the man but is instead the assignment of a new legitimacy to scientific claims developed outside the academy, concurrent with academic scientistsandrsquo; decreasing ability to defend their turf. What is at stake in the Rosgen wars, argues Lave, is not just the ecological health of our rivers and streams but the very future of environmental science.

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Bloomington, IN

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1

Introduction 1

Chapter 2

Stream Restoration and Natural Channel Design 18

Chapter 3

The History of Stream Restoration and the Rise of Rosgen 39

Chapter 4

Capital Conflicts 55

Chapter 5

Building a Base of Support 78

Chapter 6

The Political Economy of Stream Restoration 100

Chapter 7

Conclusions 116


Interview and Survey Metadata 127

Notes 135

References 147

Index 159

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Lave, Rebecca
University of Georgia Press
Human Geography
Business; Real Estate
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Trade Cloth
Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation
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1 bandw photo, 9 tables, 15 figures
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Business » Real Estate
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Biology

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