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Transforming the Dream
Ecologism and the Shaping of an Alternative American Vision
Transforming the Dream
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Charles Sokol Bednar - Author
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Hardcover - 230 pages
Release Date: March 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5715-X
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5715-3

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Paperback - 230 pages
Release Date: March 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5716-8
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5716-0

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Explores the underlying assumptions of environmental studies and the need for a new paradigm for understanding our world.

Transforming the Dream
challenges American mainstream culture's obsession with unlimited economic and industrial growth. Drawing on works by Roy Morrison, Murray Bookchin, Daniel C. Maguire, Paul Taylor, C. A. Bowers, and others, Bednar critiques the ideological status quo, offering an alternative ecological economics, political economy, ethics, and pedagogy. This new outlook on humankind's relationship to the environment is, he argues, better positioned to address critical issues of the twenty-first century, including the ecological and social limits of economic growth, the social and economic requisites for authentic democracy, the ethics of human interaction with the natural environment, and the educational curricula and practices required to promote ecological literacy. Bednar's perspective provides the opportunity to develop economic and political institutions that permit a sustainable relationship with the environment and offers a socially richer and more fulfilling life for the individual than the "American Dream" promised by the current system.

"This is a work of long reflection and relevant scholarship, tempered with many years of teaching and learning from students. Bednar draws on many sources and uses them honestly and judiciously. A wonderful book." — Herman E. Daly, author of Ecological Economics and the Ecology of Economics: Essays in Criticism

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Bednar has sorted through major issues that ought to be front and center on the public agenda, but are not. The result is an important and useful statement of what ails us and what lies ahead if significant changes are not made in time." — David W. Orr, author of The Nature of Design: Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention

Charles Sokol Bednar is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Muhlenberg College.


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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Ecological Economics

2. Ecological Political Economy

3. Ecological Ethics

4. Ecological Pedagogy

5. Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index



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