Lawn People: How Grasses, Weeds, and Chemicals Make Us Who We are
By: Paul Robbins (author)Hardback
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A comprehensive survey of the American lawn and how caring for it impacts people's lives
Paul Robbins is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Regional Development at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction.
Introduction Chapter 1 : Explaining Lawn People " A Profile of Lawn People " Interrogating Assumptions in Apolitical Economy " The Mutual Tyrannies of Urban Political Ecology Chapter 2 : Is the Lawn an Expression of American Culture? " The Manor House Tradition: Labor, Land and Grass " Ecological Imperialism and American Turf " The American Law Tradition " Democratic Landscape? The Spread of the Modern Lawn " Lawn Culture for Lawn Subjects Chapter 3 : Does the Lawn Necessarily Require Inputs? " What is Turfgrass and How Does it Grow? " Turfgrass Structure and Growth " Why Lawns Need So Much Care? " The Lawn's needs become those of the Turfgrass Subject Chapter 4 : Are Lawn Inputs a Hazzard? " The Dawn and Maturing of Lawn Chemistry " The Contemporary Chemical Suite " Lawn Risks Defy Regulation Chapter 5 : Does the Industry Meet or Produce Demand? " Demand or Supply? " The Lawn Commodity Chain " Producers: Searching for Buyers " Applicators: Tending the Weed Business Chapter 6 : Do Lawn People Choose Lawns? " Chemical Communities " The Lawns of Kingberry Court " Risk Citizens, Contradiction Reconcilers, Networked Actors Chapter 7 : Can Lawn People Choose Alternatives? " Landscape Alternatives " Elusiveness of Alternatives " Are Lawn Alternatives really Alternative? Chapter 8 : Becoming Turfgrass Subjects " Anxiety, Objects, Subjects and Political Economy " Epilogue: Rescuing the Environment from Determinism Appendix A: Suggestion and Sources for Lawn Alternatives " Some General Rules " Resources and Allies Appendix B: Data Development and Analysis " The National Homeowner Survey " The Applicator Survey " The Kingberry Court Interviews " The Land Cover Survey " Current Published Resources
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