21A.342 | Fall 2004 | Undergraduate
Environmental Struggles

Readings

LEC # TOPICS readings/films
1 Introduction  
Part 1 - Ideas of “Nature”
2 The Power of “Nature”

Readings

Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. New York: Anchor Books, 1997. ISBN: 9780385486804.

Films

Kirosawa, Akira, dir. First half of Dersu Uzala.

3 Various Ideas of Nature in European Thought

Readings

Worster, Donald. “Preface,” and “Selections about Linneaus, Thoreau, and Darwin.” In Nature’s Economy: A History of Ecological Ideas. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994. pp. 26-129, 145-187. ISBN: 9780521468343.

Films

Kirosawa, Akira, dir. Second half of Dersu Uzala.

4 Tensions and Affinities Between European and Non-European Ideas of Nature

Readings

Cronon, William. Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England. New York: Hill and Wang, 1983. pp. 1-107. ISBN: 08909001586.

Films

Anderson, Robin and Connolly, Bob, dirs. Black Harvest.

5 Tensions and Affinities Between European and Non-European Ideas of Nature (cont.)

Readings

Cronon, William. Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England. New York: Hill and Wang, 1983. pp. 108-170. ISBN: 08909001586.

Part 2 - Environments
6 Doing Fieldwork on Environmental Issues

Readings

Walley, Christine. Rough Waters: Nature and Development in an East African Marine Park. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2004. pp. 1-137. ISBN: 9780691115603.

Films

Chole Kuendeleza Maisha. (13 min.)

7 The Sea

Readings

Walley, Christine. Rough Waters: Nature and Development in an East African Marine Park. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2004. pp. 138-264. ISBN: 9780691115603.

8 The Land

Readings

Gupta, Akhil. Chapters 3, and 5 in Postcolonial Developments: Agriculture in the Making of Modern India. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1998. ISBN: 9780822322139.

Agrawal, Bina. “The Gender and Environment Debate: Lessons from India.” Feminist Studies 18, no. 1 (1992): 119-158.

9 The Forests

Readings

Hecht, Susanna, and Alexander Cockburn. Chapters 1-3, and 7-8 in The Fate of the Forest: Defenders of the Amazon. (Handout available for xeroxing.)

Hardin, Garrett. “The Tragedy of the Commons.” Science 162, (1968): 1243-8.

Films

Walker, Christopher, dir. Trinkets and Beads.

Part 3 - Debates over Science and Technology
10 Nuclear Technologies

Readings

Petryna, Adriana. Chapter 3, 4, and 5 in Life Exposed: Biological Citizens after Chernobyl. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780691090191.

Films

Boebel, Chris, and Nick Poppy, dirs. Containment: Life After Three Mile Island.

Recommended viewing: Devlin, Paul, dir. Power Trip.

11 Toxic Pollutants

Readings

Steingraber, Sandra. Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment. Reading, Mass.: Harper Collins Publisher; 1 edition., 1997. ISBN: 9780201483031.

Films

Helfand, Judith, and Daniel Gold, dirs. Blue Vinyl: A Toxic Comedy.

12 Conclusion  

Note: you will only be reading selections from Nature’s Economy; Postcolonial Developments and Life Exposed.