The edges of the civilized world : a journey in nature and culture (Book, 1998) [WorldCat.org]
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The edges of the civilized world : a journey in nature and culture

Author: Alison Hawthorne Deming
Publisher: New York : Picador USA, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Troubled by tensions that inevitably arise when civilization intrudes upon wild regions, Alison Hawthorne Deming set out to answer questions that had long been on her mind. By what do we measure our progress as a civilization? In the absence of vast frontiers, can we manage our ever-increasing numbers? How can we strike a balance with a natural world that we threaten by our very presence?" "To find answers, she  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alison Hawthorne Deming
ISBN: 0312195435 9780312195434
OCLC Number: 38966099
Description: 240 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue: Pacific City --
The Value of Experience --
Beachcombing the Desert --
The Edges of the Civilized World --
Annual Report --
In the Territory of Birds --
Beyond the Brown Border --
Wattle and Daub --
Return --
Central City --
Poetry and Science: A View from the Divide --
The Islands.
Responsibility: Alison Hawthorne Deming.

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"Troubled by tensions that inevitably arise when civilization intrudes upon wild regions, Alison Hawthorne Deming set out to answer questions that had long been on her mind. By what do we measure our progress as a civilization? In the absence of vast frontiers, can we manage our ever-increasing numbers? How can we strike a balance with a natural world that we threaten by our very presence?" "To find answers, she visited and lived in some of the most remote regions of our continent - southern Mexico, the Bay of Fundy, the islands in the Sea of Cortez - the edges of our crowded world. In places where fishing and logging are depleting the sea and land, and farmland has been handed over to developers, Deming sensed the pressures that tourism exerts on communities reluctantly willing to promote their regions' natural beauty, But what she also found was a fragile optimism that a new way of life may be created - one that reconciles the conflicts between the advance of civilization and the need to preserve our shrinking wilderness."--Jacket.

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