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  • Hardcover: 335 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (Feb. 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262232219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262232210
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
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"This is an outstanding contribution to the field of environmental philosophy/politics. Nothing like it exists in the English-language literature." Michael Zimmerman, Department of Philosophy, Tulane University

"Every so often, a work comes along that is so timely...and this book is one such work." Melissa Clark American Political Science Review

"Every so often, a work comes along that is so timely...this book is one such work." Melissa Clark American Political Science Review

"This is an outstanding contribution to the field of environmental philosophy/politics. Nothing like it exists in the English-language literature."--Michael Zimmerman, Department of Philosophy, Tulane University

"An original and significant contribution to the field. I am not aware of any other works in English that bring these particular theorists to the foreground. This book will appeal to academics working in the field, to postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students, and to a wider public engaged in the more philosophical aspects of environmental problems."--Mathew Humphrey, School of Politics, University of NottinghamPlease note: Endorser gives permission to excerpt from quote.

"Whiteside's discussion of recent French thought is clear, well-written, and informative. He introduces to the English-speaking world theorists who have been unduly neglected, bringing up important issues that will raise the level of analysis and debate in Anglophone ecological discussions."--John P. Clark, Professor of Philosophy and Chairperson, Environmental Studies Program, Loyola UniversityPlease note: Endorser gives permission to excerpt from quote in whole sentences.

About the Author

Kerry H. Whiteside is Clair R. McCollough Professor of Government at Franklin & Marshall College. He is the author of Divided Natures: French Contributions to Political Ecology (MIT Press, 2002).

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HASH(0x9dc59ed0) out of 5 stars Divided Natures Attributes (it's DNA) deserves your Undivided Attention Jan. 12 2016
By Bruce E. Woych - Published on
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There is not question that this work is a serious contribution to contemporary ecological consciousness and the history of ideas and ideals. It is an elegantly balanced review of an entire body of thinking and thought that is not settled by simple labels, themes, membership and brand name communities of agreement in the crisis of global environmental movements. Every "Green" should buy this book if only to re-evaluate their own station in the all too "institutionalized" rhetoric of rationalizing counter-culture ecology as the cure all and end all of global destruction. As a cultural ecologist and researcher I found this work to be a extremely valuable research tool and review of literature that is bound to inspire thought and evoke new emergent levels of authentic independent insights to the crisis that is polarizing interests even as the politicizing economic incentives continue to degrade and destroy ecological systems in the name of progress and "sustainability" or "resistance" that have tailored and pacified the otherwise aggressive and assertive voices of reason. It is unfortunate that the previous review has slanted the ratings of this book. I encourage you to engage this book personally.
It would be interesting to see a line of serious comments that comprehensively reflects that engagement to follow. The serious intent and research provided by Kerry H. Whiteside deserves an intelligent evaluation based on thought not feelings.

Bruce E. Woych, Research in Cultural Anthropology / Cultural Ecology

In the interest of expedience, this is my reply to that previous review (posted to the comment page). Judge for yourself:
Is the PhD you list to your name the clarification of your authority to quote Whitehead's comment, or is it to lend credibility to an otherwise empty review? I'm confused by your own obscure references to Bertand Russell's lecture at Harvard, Quantum theory and your own comment that Kerry Whiteside's ecological research is simply a "natural world" inside his head...while your own admission is that this particular statement does not reside in your actual mind but from an apparently unsubstantiated emotive "feeling" that strikes you as critical assessment. I appreciated your recital of the quote (very cute contradiction in terms) but apparently your own contradictions outweigh your credibility to rate this work. IT is unfortunate that you would slam a book so casually. When I finally received my copy I was struck by its academic and intellectual integrity; and the fact perhaps that it is a wealth of authentic research in the history of ideas that are actually decisively and critically still dynamically in play today.
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HASH(0x9db7530c) out of 5 stars No less obscure Oct. 25 2005
By Bernard Krause - Published on
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"Divided Natures: French Contributions to Political Ecology" covers a broad range of Gaulic political ecophilosophy over the past half century. While an interesting summary and exposition, the author, Kerry Whiteside, does little to hold the attention of the reader for any of several reasons.

I was particularly struck by the feeling that Whiteside has spent very little time exploring aspects of the natural world outside of his head. And therein lies the problem with his conclusions. It's like Alfred North Whitehead's comment of his friend, Bertrand Russell's first Harvard lecture on the Quantum Theory: "I'd like to thank Professor Russell for his brilliant exposition. And especially for leaving unobsecured the vast darkness of the subject."

Bernie Krause, PhD