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Author Farrell, Justin, 1984-

Title Battle for Yellowstone : morality and the sacred roots of environmental conflict / Justin Farrell.

Publication Info. Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    333.783 FAR    DUE 06-01-20
Description xvii, 291 pages ; 24 cm.
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Series Princeton studies in cultural sociology
Princeton studies in cultural sociology.
Summary "Yellowstone holds a special place in America's heart. As the world's first national park, it is globally recognized as the crown jewel of modern environmental preservation. But the park and its surrounding regions have recently become a lightning rod for environmental conflict, plagued by intense and intractable political struggles among the federal government, National Park Service, environmentalists, industry, local residents, and elected officials. The Battle for Yellowstone asks why it is that, with the flood of expert scientific, economic, and legal efforts to resolve disagreements over Yellowstone, there is no improvement? Why do even seemingly minor issues erupt into impassioned disputes? What can Yellowstone teach us about the worsening environmental conflicts worldwide? Justin Farrell argues that the battle for Yellowstone has deep moral, cultural, and spiritual roots that until now have been obscured by the supposedly rational and technical nature of the conflict. Tracing in unprecedented detail the moral causes and consequences of large-scale social change in the American West, he describes how a 'new-West' social order has emerged that has devalued traditional American beliefs about manifest destiny and rugged individualism, and how morality and spirituality have influenced the most polarizing and techno-centric conflicts in Yellowstone's history. This groundbreaking book shows how the unprecedented conflict over Yellowstone is not all about science, law, or economic interests, but more surprisingly, is about cultural upheaval and the construction of new moral and spiritual boundaries in the American West"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Bringing Moral Culture into the Fray -- Believing in Yellowstone : The Moralization of Nature and the Creation of America's Eden -- The New (Wild) West : Social Upheaval, Moral Devaluation, and the Rise of Conflict -- Buffalo Crusaders : The Sacred Struggle for America's Last Wild and Pure Herd -- Between Good and Evil : The Science, Culture, and Polarization of Wolf Conflict -- Drilling Our Soul : Moral-Boundary Work in an Unlikely Old-West Fight against Fracking -- Appendix.
Subject Environmentalism -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Yellowstone National Park.
Environmental ethics -- Yellowstone National Park.
Environmental policy -- Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone National Park -- Environmental conditions.
Social conflict -- West (U.S.).
Environmentalism -- Moral and ethical aspects -- West (U.S.).
Environmental ethics -- West (U.S.).
Environmental policy -- West (U.S.).
West (U.S.) -- Environmental conditions.
West (U.S.) -- Social conditions.
ISBN 9780691164342 (hardcover : alkaline paper)
0691164347 (hardcover : alkaline paper)

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