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The Battle for Yellowstone : Morality and the Sacred Roots of Environmental Conflict

By: Farrell, Justin.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2015Description: 1 online resource (315 p.).ISBN: 9781400866496.Subject(s): Environmental ethics -- West (U.S.) | Environmental ethics -- Yellowstone National Park | Environmental policy -- West (U.S.) | Environmental policy -- Yellowstone National Park | Environmentalism -- Moral and ethical aspects -- West (U.S.) | Environmentalism -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Yellowstone National Park | Social conflict -- West (U.S.)Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Battle for Yellowstone: Morality and the Sacred Roots of Environmental ConflictDDC classification: 655.4747 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; List of Illustrations; List of Tables; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Bringing Moral Culture into the Fray; Introducing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem; Toward a Theory of Morality and Environment; Human Believers, Narrative Structure, and Enacting Moral Orders; Theoretical Contributions; A Roadmap; 1. Believing in Yellowstone: The Moralization of Nature and the Creation of America's Eden; Early Utilitarian Use and the Formation of Yellowstone National Park; A Spiritual Moral Vision; A Biocentric Moral Vision
Social Change and the "Greater" Yellowstone EcosystemConclusion; 2. The New (Wild) West: Social Upheaval, Moral Devaluation, and the Rise of Conflict; The Old West, and Roots of the New; The Rise of the New-West; The Moral Effects of New-West Change; Environmental Conflict; Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Stakeholder Arena; The Rise of Conflict, 1870-2012; Conclusion; 3. Buffalo Crusaders: The Sacred Struggle for America's Last Wild and Pure Herd; Overview of the Issue; The Buffalo Field Campaign; The Moral Logic of a Movement: Purity, Wildness, Virtue; Successes of Moral-Spiritual Protest
Concluding Puzzle: Religious and Moral "Muting"Conclusion; 4. Between Good and Evil: The Science, Culture, and Polarization of Wolf Conflict; Uncovering the Anti-Wolf Moral Order; Rugged American Individualism; Human Dominionism; Simple and Sacred Heritage; Uncovering the Pro-Wolf Moral Order; Features of the Pro-Wolf Moral Order; The Primary Role of Morality and Spirituality; Multiple Meanings: Co-Occurrence of Spirituality and Rationality; Conclusion; 5. Drilling Our Soul: Moral Boundary Work in an Unlikely Old-West Fight against Fracking; A State of Mining
Drilling in the Greater Yellowstone EcosystemConsidering Alternative Explanations; "Too Special to Drill": Place Attachment and Drawing Moral Boundaries; Three Profiles of Old-West Environmentalists; Moral Boundary Work and the Meaning of Activism; Conclusion; Conclusion; Appendix: Methodological Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: Yellowstone holds a special place in America's heart. As the world's first national park, it is globally recognized as the crown jewel of modern environmental preservation. But the park and its surrounding regions have recently become a lightning rod for environmental conflict, plagued by intense and intractable political struggles among the federal government, National Park Service, environmentalists, industry, local residents, and elected officials. The Battle for Yellowstone asks why it is that, with the flood of expert scientific, economic, and legal efforts to resolve disagreements over
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Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; List of Illustrations; List of Tables; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Bringing Moral Culture into the Fray; Introducing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem; Toward a Theory of Morality and Environment; Human Believers, Narrative Structure, and Enacting Moral Orders; Theoretical Contributions; A Roadmap; 1. Believing in Yellowstone: The Moralization of Nature and the Creation of America's Eden; Early Utilitarian Use and the Formation of Yellowstone National Park; A Spiritual Moral Vision; A Biocentric Moral Vision

Social Change and the "Greater" Yellowstone EcosystemConclusion; 2. The New (Wild) West: Social Upheaval, Moral Devaluation, and the Rise of Conflict; The Old West, and Roots of the New; The Rise of the New-West; The Moral Effects of New-West Change; Environmental Conflict; Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Stakeholder Arena; The Rise of Conflict, 1870-2012; Conclusion; 3. Buffalo Crusaders: The Sacred Struggle for America's Last Wild and Pure Herd; Overview of the Issue; The Buffalo Field Campaign; The Moral Logic of a Movement: Purity, Wildness, Virtue; Successes of Moral-Spiritual Protest

Concluding Puzzle: Religious and Moral "Muting"Conclusion; 4. Between Good and Evil: The Science, Culture, and Polarization of Wolf Conflict; Uncovering the Anti-Wolf Moral Order; Rugged American Individualism; Human Dominionism; Simple and Sacred Heritage; Uncovering the Pro-Wolf Moral Order; Features of the Pro-Wolf Moral Order; The Primary Role of Morality and Spirituality; Multiple Meanings: Co-Occurrence of Spirituality and Rationality; Conclusion; 5. Drilling Our Soul: Moral Boundary Work in an Unlikely Old-West Fight against Fracking; A State of Mining

Drilling in the Greater Yellowstone EcosystemConsidering Alternative Explanations; "Too Special to Drill": Place Attachment and Drawing Moral Boundaries; Three Profiles of Old-West Environmentalists; Moral Boundary Work and the Meaning of Activism; Conclusion; Conclusion; Appendix: Methodological Notes; Bibliography; Index

Yellowstone holds a special place in America's heart. As the world's first national park, it is globally recognized as the crown jewel of modern environmental preservation. But the park and its surrounding regions have recently become a lightning rod for environmental conflict, plagued by intense and intractable political struggles among the federal government, National Park Service, environmentalists, industry, local residents, and elected officials. The Battle for Yellowstone asks why it is that, with the flood of expert scientific, economic, and legal efforts to resolve disagreements over

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In a refreshingly honest and balanced treatment, Farrell (sociology, Yale Univ.) addresses the spiritual elephant in the environmental room: the most perplexing environmental questions, the answers to which "are only possible and made meaningful in the context of larger moral orders and spiritual narratives that shared human cultures are built upon." With great insight and careful analysis, he examines the various reasons deep moral and spiritual meanings are often ignored, muted, and misunderstood. His scholarly diagnosis is well documented and thoroughly researched. Farrell introduces readers to the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem and moves, step by step, through his research methodology, the region's history, and the sociological context of collective human behavior. Three case studies add significant weight to his conclusions. These involve the management of buffalo, the reintroduction of wolves, and the proposal to mine in the Wyoming Range south of Yellowstone National Park. Readers will encounter some surprises, not the least of which is the definition of wicked Farrell employs and the frequent demonstrations of "moral hypocrisy" by a wide range of stakeholders. Each concept and principle is meticulously unpacked from initial hypothesis to final conclusion. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners. --Ted Johnson, Prescott Valley Public Library

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Justin Farrell is assistant professor of sociology in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University.

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