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Traditional and Modern Approaches to the Environment on the Pacific Rim
Tensions and Values
Traditional and Modern Approaches to the Environment on the Pacific Rim
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Harold Coward - Editor
Maurice Strong - Foreword by
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Hardcover - 260 pages
Release Date: July 1998
ISBN10: 0-7914-3845-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-3845-9

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Paperback - 260 pages
Release Date: July 1998
ISBN10: 0-7914-3846-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-3846-6

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An interdisciplinary exploration of the tension between traditional and modern approaches to the environment in Pacific Rim countries.

The most vigorously developing economies and largest markets today are located on the Pacific Rim, suggesting that the economic "center of gravity" is shifting from the shores of the North Atlantic. Yet the Pacific Rim is also the location of much of the earth's natural beauty as well as the home of still thriving traditional aboriginal societies. The Pacific Basin's environmental assets and its aboriginal peoples are confronted by the forces of development. The resulting tension between traditional and modern approaches to the environment are addressed in this book by an interdisciplinary team of scientists, social scientists, and humanists.

Part I introduces the tensions between traditional and modern values; Part II examines the problem in more detail with regard to the relationships that exist between some belief systems, institutions, and the environment; while Part III presents case studies from Canada, the United States, Russia, and China where attempts have been made to reconcile the tension between traditional and modern approaches to the environment.

"In this book the thematic surveys of the Pacific region range from case studies of the Colorado River, the forests of Western Canada, to energy in Siberia, and urban growth in the Pearl River Delta of southern China. These chapters offer fresh insights into the various tensions between traditional and modern environment and development values in the Pacific. The broad interdisciplinary nature of this study makes it a unique and important contribution to both scholars and those who make policy decisions in both government and the private sector." -- Maurice Strong, from the Foreword

Harold Coward is Director, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society and Professor of History, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He is the author of Derrida and Indian Philosophy and Jung and Eastern Thought; editor of Hindu Ethics: Purity, Abortion, and Euthanasia (with Julius Lipner and Katherine K. Young); Derrida and Negative Theology (with Toby Foshay); Modern Indian Responses to Religious Pluralism; and Population, Consumption, and the Environment: Religious and Secular Responses, all published by SUNY Press. In addition, he is the editor of the SUNY Series in Religious Studies.


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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

Part I: Tensions Between Traditions and Modern Development

Roots and Values Inherent in Modern Development
Ivan Head

The Pacific after Rio: Population, Consumption, and the Environment
Arthur Hanson

Modern Communications and Opportunities for Pro-Environmental Networking in East Asia
Jan Walls

Part II: Belief Systems, Institutions, and the Environment

Traditional and Modern Institutions and the Commons
Elizabeth A. Wilman and R. Douglas Burch

Ecofeminism, Religion, Gender, Hierarchy, and Environment
Rosemary Radford Reuther

Pacific North American First Peoples and the Environment
Nancy Turner and Richard Atleo

Mountains, Water, Wood, and Fish: Chinese and Japanese Perspectives on Nature and Ecology
Jan Walls and Masao Kunihiro

Immigration, Environment, and Public Policy in Australia
Fazal Rizvi

Part III: Reconciling Traditional and Modern Approaches

Forest Management in British Columbia: The Transition to Sustainability
Stephen Owen and David Greer

Water in the Columbia River Basin: From a Source of Permanence to an Instrument for Economic Growth
David H. Getches

Changed Land, Changed Lives: Energy and the Aborigines in the Russian Pacific
Vassily I. Sokolov

Social Values and Development Patterns in South China: The Case of the Pearl River Delta Region in the 1900s
Graham E. Johnson and Yuen-fong Woon

Conclusion

About the Authors

Index



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