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December 10, 2014 / societyforhumanecology

2014 Gerald L. Young Book Award in Human Ecology

The Society for Human Ecology distinguished scholarly book award, named in honor of Gerald L. Young –one of SHE’s founders and a recognized leader in scholarly publications in human ecology — is presented at SHE’s international conferences.  This year’s G. L. Young Book Award, given at the Society’s XXth International Conference, was shared by two authors:  Richard J. Borden, from College of the Atlantic and Thomas Rudel from Rutgers University.




A philosophical and narrative memoir, Ecology and Experience is a thoughtful, engaging recounting of author Richard J. Borden’s life entwined in an overview of the intellectual and institutional history of human ecology—a story of life wrapped in a life story.

Borden shows that attempts to bridge the mental and environmental arenas are uncertain, but that rigid conventions and narrow views have their dangers too. Human experience and the natural world exist on many levels and gathering from both realms gives rise to novel constellations. In a blend of themes and approaches based on a lifetime of interdisciplinary inquiry, the author wanders these intersections and invites us to exercise our capacities for ecological insight, to deepen the experience of being alive, and, most of all, to more fully enrich our lives.

Paperback: 480 pages

Price: $24.95

ISBN-10: 1583947728

ISBN-13: 978-1583947722

Publisher: North Atlantic Books/Distribution by Random House

also available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and most on-line bookstores




As global environmental changes become increasingly evident and efforts to respond to these changes fall short of expectations, questions about the circumstances that generate environmental reforms become more pressing. Defensive Environmentalists and Global Reform answers these questions through a historical analysis of two processes that have contributed to environmental reforms, one in which people become defensive environmentalists concerned about environmental problems close to home and another in which people become altruistic environmentalists intent on alleviating global problems after experiencing catastrophic events such as hurricanes, droughts, and fires. These focusing events make reform more urgent and convince people to become altruistic environmentalists. Bolstered by defensive environmentalists, the altruists gain strength in environmental politics,

Paperback: 268 pages

Price: $29.99

ISBN-10: 1107448565

ISBN-13: 978-1107448568

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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