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Ecological Pioneers

Ecological Pioneers
A Social History of Australian Ecological Thought and Action

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  • Date Published: October 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521009560

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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, Martin Mulligan and Stuart Hill are able to bring to life the work of significant individuals. Some of the ecological pioneers featured include Tom Roberts, Russell Drysdale, Judith Wright, Myles Dunphy, Philip Crosbie Morrison, Vincent Serventy, Charles Birch, the Gurindji and Yolngu peoples, David Holmgren, Jack Mundey, Bob Brown, Val Plumwood, Michael Leunig, and many more.'Mulligan and Hill trace the birth of ecological awareness in Australia'ssettler society with an insightful and unerring eye. From art to literature,and song to politics, they uncover the first stirrings of an awareness thatAustralian society must be different from all others; and that thatdifference will be defined by the unique Australian environment.'Tim FlanneryDirector, South Australian Museum'Aboriginals are ancient ecologists. Modern ecologists, too, are seen as fringe dwellers who threaten progress. This book tracks down these ecologists and shows why at times they fire revolt and defiance in the streets of Australia.'Bob BrownAustralian Greens Senator for Tasmania

    • 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
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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: October 2001
    • 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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