Envisioning Ecotopia: The U.S. Green Movement and the Politics of Radical Social Change

Envisioning Ecotopia: The U.S. Green Movement and the Politics of Radical Social Change

by Kenn Kassman


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How do various worldviews, praxis orientations, and preferred future visions differ between the three major subcultures within the American Green Movement? Drawing on his experience as an activist, Kenn Kassman explains the distinctions between the three elements, which he terms Neo-Primitivism, Mystical Deep Ecology, and Social Ecology What emerges is a perceptive analysis of one of the most important of North America's new social movements: the Greens. Kassman examines and contradistinguishes the approach of each element in the movement to the general Green agenda—ecological harmony, social justice, societal participation, and nonviolence—and goes on to explore potential weaknesses in the utopias they seek. The study concludes with the author's considered view of the likely progress and development of the three components in the future. He asks and suggests an answer to the question: what, ultimately, will be regarded as the political and social significance of the Green movement? Kassman's work will be of interest to scholars, students, and activists in politics and environmental studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275957841
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/1997
Series: 175
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Kenn Kassman holds a PhD from the University of Hawaii and has taught at the Technical University of Berlin, Schiller International University, also in Berlin, and the University of Hawaii.

Table of Contents


The Green Phenomenon

The American Green Movement: Subcultures and Worldview

Green Praxis

Green Visions of Eutopia

Dystopian Potential and American Green Movement Subcultures

The Future of the American Green Movement

Appendix A: Tables

Appendix B: An Introduction to Modern Green Literature



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