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Discovering Nature
Globalization and Environmental Culture in China and Taiwan

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  • Date Published: February 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521548410

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  • Robert P. Weller's richly documented account describes the extraordinary transformations which have taken place in Chinese and Taiwanese responses to the environment across the twentieth century. Indeed, both places can be said to have 'discovered' a new concept of nature. The book focuses on nature tourism, anti-pollution movements, and policy implementation to show how the global spread of western ideas about nature has interacted with Chinese traditions. Inevitably differences of understanding across groups have caused problems in administering environmental reforms. They will have to be resolved if the dynamic transformations of the 1980s are to be maintained in the twenty-first century. In spite of a century of independent political development, a comparison between China and Taiwan reveals surprising similarities, showing how globalization and shared cultural traditions have outweighed political differences in shaping their environments. The book will appeal to a broad readership from scholars of Asia, to environmentalists, and anthropologists.

    • The first book to explore the cultural impact of changing attitudes to the environment in Asia
    • A compelling account with insights from the author's personal experiences in the region and interviews with local people
    • Interdisciplinary appeal to students of anthropology, human geography, the environment, and Asian studies
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    '… interesting and rich in cultural and historical discourse. … an achievement of environmental sociological endeavour … a useful base for further fruitful analysis. This anthropological book on the environment should be recommended to those scholars who are watching the ever-changing social contexts in modern Asia.' Anthropos

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    • Date Published: February 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521548410
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Discovering nature
    2. Night of the living dead fish
    3. New natures
    4. Stories of stone
    5. Garbage wars and spiritual environments
    6. On 'Policies from above and countermeasures from below'
    7. Globals and locals.

  • Author

    Robert P. Weller, Boston University
    Robert P. Weller is Professor of Anthropology and Research Associate of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs at Boston University. His numerous books and articles on China and Taiwan range from religion to political change, including most recently Civil Life, Political Change, and Globalization in Asia (editor, 2005).

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