Thorstein Veblen's Contribution to Environmental Sociology: Essays in the Political Ecology of Wasteful Industrialism

Thorstein Veblen's Contribution to Environmental Sociology: Essays in the Political Ecology of Wasteful Industrialism

By: Ross E. Mitchell (editor), Stephen Edgell (preface_author)Hardback

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This collection of essays focuses on the life, thought and writings of Thorstein Bunde Veblen (1857-1929), the American political economist and sociologist. This volume will be of interest not only to economists, sociologists, political scientists, ecologists and environmentalists, but to those who are engaged in and interested in crossing disciplinary borders. Thorstein Bunde Veblen (1857-1929), the American political economist and sociologist was renowned for his heretical views and satirical wit on societal mores and coining catchy terms such as "the leisure class," "conspicuous consumption" and "pecuniary emulation." Renewed enthusiasm on Veblen's profound and incisive thought has led to new writings on his contributions to diverse topics such as fashion and design, marketing and consumer theory, and sustainable development. Until now, however, his potential theoretical contributions to environmental theory have been largely ignored. This edited collection examines Veblen's potential contributions to the subfield of political ecology from several diverse yet complementary angles, including his take on wasteful industrialism, absentee ownership, relations of power and influence, and growing consumerism. It is hoped that this work will encourage further study into Veblen's influence on environmental theory from critical societal perspectives.

About Author

Dr. Ross E. Mitchell is a senior environmental scientist with Stantec Consulting Ltd. in Edmonton, Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology and a B.Sc. in Forestry from the University of Alberta, as well as a M.Sc. in Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph. His professional background includes social assessments, public consultation, natural resource management, environmental governance, sustainable development, and research. Dr. Mitchell has published widely on environmental sociology, political ecology, and community development.


Foreword by Professor Stephen Edgell; Acknowledgments; Chapter One - Introduction: Political Ecology and Thorstein Veblen - Ross E. Mitchell; Chapter Two - Animism and the Roots of a Veblenian Political Ecology - Sidney Plotkin; Chapter Three - Thorstein Veblen and the Natural World - P. A. Saram; Chapter Four - Thorstein Veblen: Pioneer in Environmental Sociology - Ross E. Mitchell; Chapter Five - Veblen, Innis, and the Classic Tradition: A North American Economic Sociology - Ross E. Mitchell; Chapter Six - The Nobleness of Labor and the Instinct of Workmanship: Nature, Work, Gender, and Politics in Harriet Martineau and Thorstein Veblen - Susan Hoecker-Drysdale; Chapter Seven - Polemics against Patriarchy: Thorstein Veblen on Gender, Nature, and the Making of Modern Capitalist Culture - Molly Talcott; Chapter Eight - The Spaces of Individualization and Capitalism: Space and Nature Reflections in Simmel and Veblen - Matthias Gross and Ross E. Mitchell; Chapter Nine - A Tale of Two Parks: Photography, Pollution, and the "Pecuniary Canons of Taste" - Keri Cronin; Chapter Ten - Absentee Ownership and Resource-dependent Communities: Veblen and Beyond - Ross E. Mitchell; Chapter Eleven - Implications for Political Ecology in Veblen - Solidelle Wasser.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773454156
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 364
  • ID: 9780773454156
  • ISBN10: 0773454152

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