114: THINKING GREEN
Office: 234 Crown College
Hours: Tues., 2-3; Wed. 1-2, or by appt.
updated on May 29, 2009)
Vincent Van Gogh
What does it mean to “think
Green?” Are Green politics and environmentalism the
not, how do they differ? What are the philosophical bases of
thought? Were Aristotle and Hobbes closet Greens? Do Green
political parties have any chance of gaining power, or are they doomed
opposition? What does it mean to be biocentric? Is
development feasible or a fantasy? What do Green political
propose to do? This is a course on Green political thought and
In it, we shall examine the origins and content of ecological politics,
and political economy, and ask whether they offer a “realistic”
neo-liberalism and other political ideologies.
The workload for the course is
substantial. In addition to intensive reading, students will be
to write four papers of approximately five pages in length.. Part of
the course will consist of lectures,
there will be substantial discussion of the materials in class, and
expected to contribute to them.
(available at Baytree Books, and on reserve at McHenry)
Magnusson and Kara Shaw (eds.), A
Political Space—Reading the Global Through Clayoquot Sound
L. Peterson, Being Human--Ethics,
Environment, and Our Place in the World (UC Press, 2001)
Andrew Dobson, Green Political Thoughts
James Speth, The Bridge at the Edge of the World (Yale
University Press, 2008).
Introduction/indoctrination to the course (overseen by Corina McKendy)
William Chaloupka (eds), In the Nature of
Things (Minnesota, 1993).
Eckersley, Environmentalism and Political Theory
(SUNY Press, 1992).
Kuehls, Beyond Sovereign Territory (U. Minnesota
Brendan Gleeson, Justice, Society and
Nature (Routledge, 1998).
Merchant, The Death of Nature (Harper & Row,
Meyer, Political Nature (MIT Press, 2001).
Karl Polanyi, The Great
Transformation (Beacon, 2001; 2nd ed.)
* Articles marked with an asterisk
can only be accessed through the UCSC Library electronic journals
database, at: http://ucelinks.cdlib.org:8888/sfx_ucsc/a-z/default
Robert Harrison, "The Ecstacy
of John Muir," New York
Review of Books 56,
#4 (March 12, 2009), at: http://ic.ucsc.edu/~rlipsch/pol114/Muir.html
Joe Brewer, "Beyond Scarcity: Reinventing Wealth in a Progressive
World," truthout, Feb. 24,
2009, at: http://www.truthout.org/022409A
Ronnie D. Lipschutz,
"Deconstructing Global Environment," ch. 2 in: Global Environmental Politics: Power,
Perspectives and Practice
CQ Press, 2003), at: http://ic.ucsc.edu/~rlipsch/pol114/ch2.doc
*Thomas R. Dunlap,
"Environmentalism, a Secular Faith," Environmental
Values 15 (2006): 321-30, at: http://docserver.ingentaconnect.com/deliver/connect/whp/09632719/v15n3/s7.pdf?expires=1237331228&id=49491133&titleid=1473&accname=
Other recommended resources:
Bryant and S. Bailey, Third
Carter, The Politics of
the Environment: Ideas, Activism, Policy
William Cronon (ed), Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human
in Nature (Norton, 1996).
Andrew Dobson, Green
Political Thought (Routledge, 2000, 3rd ed.).
Goldblatt, Social Theory and the
Environment (Polity, 1996).
Ramachandra Guha and Juan
Martinez-Alier, Varieties of
Environmentalism. Essays North and South (Earthscan, 1997)..
Sagoff, The Economy of
Week 2: The
ch. 1-3; Speth, ch.
1-3; Dobson, ch. 1
Princen, "Notes on the Theorizing of Global Environmental
Politics," Global Environmental
Politics 8, #1 (Feb. 2008): 1-5, at:
* Deborah Fleming, "Preservation and Freedom," Organization & Environment 20,
#1 (march 2007): 106-9, at: http://oae.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/20/1/106.pdf
Lecture 1 (4/7) slides: http://ic.ucsc.edu/~rlipsch/pol114/Pol114.S09.1.pdf
Lecture 2 (4/9) slides: http://ic.ucsc.edu/~rlipsch/pol114/Pol114.S09.2.pdf
First writing assignment: http://ic.ucsc.edu/~rlipsch/pol114/Assignment%201.pdf
Arnold, The Problem
of Nature: Environment, Culture, and European Expansion (Blackwell,
Neil Evernden, The Social Creation of Nature (Johns
Barbara Noske, Humans and Other Animals (1989, London:
George Robinson et al, Future Natural: Nature, Science and
I.G. Simmons, Interpreting
Nature (Routledge, 1993).
Kate Soper, What is Nature? Culture, Politics
The Green State
and Shaw, pp. 1-66; *Read the articles in the special issue of The Good Society 17, #2 (2008), on
"Green Constitutionalism," at:
Lecture 3 (4/14) slides: http://ic.ucsc.edu/~rlipsch/pol114/Pol114.S09.3.pdf
Lecture 4 (4/16) slides: http://ic.ucsc.edu/~rlipsch/pol114/Pol114.S09.4.pdf
Other recommended resources:
Eckersley, The Green State—Rethinking
Democracy and Sovereignty (MIT Press, 2004).
Bernstein, The Compromise of Liberal Environmentalism
Posterity Matters (Routledge, 1995).
Mark Diesendorf and Clive
Hamilton (eds), Human Ecology, Human
Economy (Allen and Unwin, 1997).
Terry Anderson and Donald
Leal, Free Market Environmentalism (Westview, 1991).
William Ophuls and A Stephan
Boyan, An Inquiry into the Human Prospect (Norton, 1991, 3rd
Charles Rubin, The Green
Crusade (Free Press,
ch 4-9; Magnusson
and Shaw, pp. 121-77, 199-236; ;
The Green Economy & Green Consumption
*Arthur P.J. Mol, "Ecological
Modernization and the Global Economy," Global
Environmental Politics 2,
No. 2 (May 2002): 92-115, at: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1162/15263800260047844;
*John Barry, "Towards a model of green political economy," International Journal of Green Economics
1, #3/4 (2007): 446-64, at: http://inderscience.metapress.com/media/gmuaadtuxq0uxv6qnq96/contributions/5/j/0/8/5j082230278u213u.pdf;
Williams, "Buying into the Green Movement," The New York Times, July 1, 2007,
*Look at the special issue of the Journal
of Business Research on "Anti-consumption," at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01482963
Lecture 5 (4/21) slides: http://ic.ucsc.edu/~rlipsch/pol114/Pol114.S09.5.pdf
Lecture 6 (4/23) slides: http://ic.ucsc.edu/~rlipsch/pol114/Pol114.S09.6.pdf
Herman Daly and
John Cobb, For the Common Good
Joel Kovel, The Enemy of Nature
Timothy Luke, Capitalism, Democracy,
and Ecology (University of Illinois, 1999).
Lester Milbrath, Envisioning a
Sustainable Society (SUNY Press, 1989).
Aseem Prakash, Greening the Firm (Cambridge,
Miriam Kennet & Volker Heinemann, "Green Economics," International journal of Green Economics
1, #1/2 (2006):68-102.
Week 5: Green
Philosophies and Ethics
Peterson, ch. 7; Dobson, ch. 2.;
"Environmental Ethics," Stanford
Encyclopedia of Philosophy, at:
*Alan Carter, "Deep Ecology or Social Ecology?" The Heythrop Journal 36 (1995):
328-50, at: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/119236553/PDFSTART
Lecture 7 (4/28) slides: http://ic.ucsc.edu/~rlipsch/pol114/Pol114.S09.7.pdf
Other recommended resources:
Mary E. Clark, Ariadne's Thread--The Search for New Modes
of Thinking (St. Martin's, 1989).
Amdrew Light and Avner de-Shalit (eds.), Moral and Political Reasoning in
Environmental Practice (MIT Press, 2003).
Nicholas Low (ed.), Global Ethics
and Environment (Routledge, 1999).
Nicholas Low and Brendan Gleeson, Justice,
Society and Nature (Routledge, 1998).
Thomas R. Dunlap, Faith in Nature (University
of Washington Press, 2004).
*Robert J. Brulle and David
N. Pellow, "Environmental Justice: Human Health and Environmental
Inequalities," Annual Review
of Public Health 27 (2006): 103-124,
and other green politics
Peterson, ch. 6; Dobson, ch. 5;
*Mary Mellor, "Ecofeminist political
economy," International Journal of
Green Economics 1, #1/2 (2006): 139-50, at:
Lecture 9 (5/12-14):
Merchant, The Death of
Nature (Harper & Row,
Seager, Earth Follies (Routledge, 1993).
Salleh, Ecofeminism as Politics (Zed, 1997)
Sandilands, The Good-Natured Feminist (Minnesota, 1999).
Shiva and Maria Mies, Ecofeminism (Fernwood,
Karen J. Warren, Ecofeminist
Philosophy : A Western Perspective On What It Is And Why It Matters (Rowman &
Sustainability: Hope or hype?
ch. 3, Speth, Conclusion;
*Bill Hopwood, et. al, "Sustainable
Development: Mapping Different Approaches," Sustainable Development 13 (2005):
Lecture 10 (5/19): http://ic.ucsc.edu/~rlipsch/pol114/Pol114.S09.10.pdf
Lecture 11 (5/21): http://ic.ucsc.edu/~rlipsch/pol114/Pol114.S09.11.pdf
Politics in an Age of Risk
Lipschutz, Global Civil
Society and Global Environmental Governance
(SUNY Press, 1996).
Redclift and Ted Benton (eds.), Social Theory and the Global
Tragedy/Comedy of the commons
4-5, 8-9; Magnusson
Shaw, pp. 67-90, 113-20, 179-98,
Henderson, "Growing the Green Economy--Globally," International
Journal of Green Economics 1, #3/4 (2007): 276-98, at:
Lecture 12 (5/26): http://ic.ucsc.edu/~rlipsch/pol114/Pol114.S09.12.pdf
Other recommended resources:
Bennett and William
Chaloupka, In the Nature of Things: Language,
Politics and the Environment
Brulle, Agency, Democracy, and Nature
(MIT Press, 2000).
Dryzek, The Politics of the Earth: Environmental Discourses
Kerry Whiteside, Divided
Natures—French Contributions to Political Ecology (MIT Press, 2002)
Benton (ed) The Greening of Marxism
Bookchin, The Ecology of Freedom (Black Rose Books, 1991).
Gorz, Ecology as Politics (Pluto,
Pepper, Ecosocialism (Routledge, 1993).
O’Connor, Natural Causes (Guilford, 1998).
10: Critiques and attacks
reading: Michael Shellenberger and Ted
Nordhaus, "The Death of Environmentalism," at: http://www.thebreakthrough.org/images/Death_of_Environmentalism.pdf