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Nature Protests The End of Ecology in Slovakia by Edward Snajdr, K. Sivaramakrishnan

Nature Protests The End of Ecology in Slovakia


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Nature Protests The End of Ecology in Slovakia by Edward Snajdr, K. Sivaramakrishnan

As societies around the world are challenged to respond to ever growing environmental crises, it has become increasingly important for activists, policy makers, and environmental practitioners to understand the dynamic relationship between environmental movements and the state. In communist Eastern Europe, environmental activism fueled the rise of democratic movements and the overthrow of totalitarianism. Yet, as this study of environmentalism in Slovakia shows, concern for the environment declined during the post-communist period, an ironic victim of its own earlier success.Through ethnographic interviews and archival materials, Edward Snajdr explains why Slovakia's ecology movement, so strong under socialism, fell apart so rapidly despite the persistence of serious environmental problems in the region. Synthesizing theory in anthropology and political ecology, he suggests that the fate of environmentalism in Slovakia marks the beginning of a global post-ecological age, where nature is culturally maginalized in new ways.In addition to its significance for policy makers, this book will be a valuable resource for anthropologists, sociologists, political ecologists, and scholars of East European and post-Soviet studies.


Snajdr's work draws on multidisciplinary theoretical traditions and empirical works in anthropology and political ecology, a synthesis that emerges as an original contribution to an anthropology that has thus far paid scant attention to ecology, let along ecological movements. Essential. * Choice * Nature Protests is an engaging contribution to postcommunist environmental studies. Lively and well-written, it is appropriate for upper-level undergraduates as well as graduate studies. * Slavic Review * ...intelligent and interesting account of the fate of the ecology movement in Slovakia in the last two decades. It deserves to be widely read. * Canadian Slavonic Papers * ... the book profits from its narrative and analysis based on the author's knowledge of theory and his authentic experience. It is an insightful contribution to the discourse on the continuing multi-layered evolution of post-communist states and societies in Early Europe, in which ecology has played an important point. * Slovakia *

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Edward Snajdr is associate professor of anthropology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

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Publication date

12th November 2008


Edward Snajdr, K. Sivaramakrishnan

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University of Washington Press


248 pages


Political activism
Conservation of the environment



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