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Sustainable Landscapes and Lifeways : Scale and Appropriateness

Sustainable Landscapes and Lifeways : Scale and Appropriateness

Anne Buttimer

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Profound transformations have occurred in our everyday environments during the twentieth century. This book addresses these transformations through a series of case studies of changes in landscape and lifeways during the 1950-1990 period in Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden.

The book's central concern is sustainability -- the challenge of orchestrating the competing goals of economic growth, ecological integrity and social vitality.Regional case studies spanning coal-based power plants in Saarland, farms and bogs in Slieveardagh, traditional fields of Waterland and ultra-modern agribusiness on Flevoland polder, landed estates and farms in Skane -- all illustrate the interconnections of landscape transformations, tensions of place-based and sector-based lifeways, and highly variable horizons of discretionary reach.

Beyond regional differences however, all European societies today face common challenges: Europe's commitment to being the world's largest trading bloc while at the same time proclaiming biodiversity and regional distinctiveness; Europe's spatially and temporally-contained regimes of democratic authority vis-a-vis the footloose geographies of multinational enterprise and the ecological consequences of their operations. "Sustainable Landscapes and Lifeways" offers valuable insights for educators at all levels. It invites cross-disciplinary enquiry into vital issues of interest throughout Europe.

It also provides a model of analytical enquiry which could be implemented by people at grassroots level to enable self-confident "bottom-up" initiatives for more sustainable ways of life.

Additional Information

Author Anne Buttimer
Publisher Cork University Press
Publication date 7 Jun 2001
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781859183007

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