Ecological Pioneers: A Social History of Australian Ecological Thought and Action

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 22, 2001 - Philosophy - 338 pages
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Whenever the history of ecological thought has been written the contributions of Australian thinkers have been omitted. Yet Australia as a continent of extreme, rare and complex environments has produced a startling group of ecological pioneers. Across a wide range of human endeavour, Australian thinkers and innovators - whether they have thought of themselves as environmentalists or not - have made some truly original contributions to ecological thought. Ecological Pioneers traces the emergence of ecological understandings in Australia. By constructing a social history with chapters focusing on different fields in the arts, sciences, politics and public life, the authors bring to life the work of significant individuals. Some of the ecological pioneers featured include Joseph Banks, Russell Drysdale, Judith Wright, Myles Dunphy, Philip Crosbie Morrison, Vincent Serventy, Francis Ratcliffe, the Gurindji and Yolngu peoples, Bill Mollison, Jack Mundey, Val Plumwood, Michael Leunig, and many more.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Colonisation of Australian Nature and Early Ecological Thought
16
Seeing the Land in a New Light People and Landscapes in Australian Art
34
OOf Drovers Wives and a Timeless Land Land and Identity in Australian Literature
72
Taking Nature to the Public Journalists Broadcasters and Writers as Educators
112
Toward a Conservation Ethic Birth of the Conservation Movement
136
Working in the Borderlands Australian Innovations in Ecological Science
164
Thinking like an Ecosystem Australian Innovations in Land and Resource Management
191
Challenging terra nullius Views The Aboriginal Land Rights Movement
216
Green Politics in the Wide Brown Land Wilderness Politics and Social Justice Agendas
243
Towards a Communicative Ethic Australian Contributions to Ecophilosophy
274
Conclusions
301
Notes
315
Bibliography
322
Index
329
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Martin Mulligan is Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Sydney and general editor of the journal "Ecopolitics.

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