Published by the Social Ecology Press
This provocative investigation draws from diverse sources not usually combined in sociological synthesis (such as Pleistocene geography, literary criticism, biology, and chemistry). The analysis examines the social consequences of man-environment interactions under a variety of conditions and includes such topics as the discovery of the environmental crisis; time, habitat and social structure; vocabularies of nature; rhetorical uses of nature; democracy and conservation; frontiers, abundance, and rationality; and the end of normality.
William R. Burch has held research and management positions with the USDA Forest Service, USAID, National Park Service, and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and is the Frederick C. Hixon Professor Emeritus of Natural Resource Management and Senior Research Scientist at Yale University. His work on wildland recreation behavior was among the earliest, and it expanded to include parks, biosphere reserves, and ecotourist regions in rural and urban areas in Asia, South America, and Europe, as well as in North America. He conducted some of the original work on community/social forestry systems and forestry strategies for urban neighborhoods. His work in institutional development has included technical training and higher education curriculum development in South and Southeast Asia.