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Ecological Pioneers

Ecological Pioneers
A Social History of Australian Ecological Thought and Action

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  • Date Published: March 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521009560

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  • As a continent of extreme, rare and complex environments, Australia has produced a startling group of ecological pioneers. Australian thinkers and innovators have made some truly original contributions to ecological thought. This study traces the emergence of ecological awareness in Australia. By constructing a social history with chapters focusing on different fields in the arts, sciences, politics and public life, Martin Mulligan and Stuart Hill are able to bring to life the work of significant individuals.

    • Profiles major Australian thinkers and their influence on environmental thought, including painters Sidney Nolan and Russell Drysdale and writers Patrick White and Judith Wright
    • Companion volume to Donald Worster's Nature's Economy
    • Constructs a social history focusing on different fields in the arts, sciences, politics and public life
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'For Australians of any age, it is a superb primer for increasing one's knowledge of the history of ecology in this country.' Gardening Australia

    'Mulligan and Hill's Ecological Pioneers provides a rate conjunction: a rattling good read that is also a work of wide-ranging yet meticulously detailed scholarship … its emphasis on the human and the vulnerable makes for an account that is more than usually engaging … it is my opinion that this is a very fine book … what emerges is an informative, compelling, compassionate, grounded and immensely entertaining social history of Australian environmentalism.' Ecopolitics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521009560
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The colonisation of Australian nature and the first stirrings of ecological thought
    3. Seeing the land in a new light: people and landscapes in Australian art
    4. Of drovers' wives and a timeless land: land and identity in Australian literature
    5. Taking nature to the public: nature education in public media
    6. Towards a conservation ethic: birth of the conservation movement
    7. Working at the edges of mainstream science: Australian innovations in ecological science
    8. Thinking like an ecosystem: Australian innovations in reconceptualising and redesigning land and resource management
    9. Challenging terra nullius views of people and nature: on the origins and impact of the Aboriginal Land Rights Movement
    10. Green politics in the wide brown land: the cross-fertilisation of wilderness politics and social justice agendas
    11. Towards a communicative ethic: some Australian contributions to ecophilosophy
    12. Conclusions.

  • Authors

    Martin Mulligan, University of Western Sydney

    Stuart Hill, University of Western Sydney

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