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Keywords for Environmental Studies

by Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason and David N. Pellow New York University Press
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Understandings of “nature” have expanded and changed, but the word has not lost importance at any level of discourse: it continues to hold a key place in conversations surrounding thought, ethics, and aesthetics. Nowhere is this more evident than in the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies. 
Keywords for Environmental Studies analyzes the central terms and debates currently structuring the most exciting research in and across environmental studies, including the environmental humanities, environmental social sciences, sustainability sciences, and the sciences of nature. Sixty essays from humanists, social scientists, and scientists, each written about a single term, reveal the broad range of quantitative and qualitative approaches critical to the state of the field today. From “ecotourism” to “ecoterrorism,” from “genome” to “species,” this accessible volume illustrates the ways in which scholars are collaborating across disciplinary boundaries to reach shared understandings of key issues—such as extreme weather events or increasing global environmental inequities— in order to facilitate the pursuit of broad collective goals and actions. This book underscores the crucial realization that every discipline has a stake in the central environmental questions of our time, and that interdisciplinary conversations not only enhance, but are requisite to environmental studies today.
Visit for online essays, teaching resources, and more. 
“This gem of a book will prove indispensable in environmental studies. The editors have assembled brilliant thinkers who provide pithy yet ambitious reflections on key terms fundamental to environmental inquiry. This is a unique and essential resource.”-Rob Nixon,author of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor

"Provides an engaging introduction and current perspective on some key concepts in the environmental sciences that foreground multidisciplinary aspects of the field."-Choice
William A. Gleason is Professor of English at Princeton University, where he also teaches for the Program in American Studies and is Associate Faculty in the Center for African American Studies. He is the author of The Leisure Ethic: Work and Play in American Literature, 1840-1940.

David Naguib Pellow is Don A. Martindale Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago and Urban Recycling and the Search for Sustainable Community Development, and co-author of The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. The Environment in America's Edenand The Silicon Valley of Dreams: Immigrant Labor, Environmental Injustice, and the High Tech Global Economy, with Lisa Sun-Hee Park, available from NYU Press.