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What's Nature Worth?: Narrative Expressions of Environmental Values written by Terre Satterfield

 

What's Nature Worth?: Narrative Expressions of Environmental Values written by Terre Satterfield

Overview:

Based on either written or oral interviews with a dozen prominent environmental writers, What’s Nature Worth? explores how the art of storytelling might bring new perspectives and insights to economic and policy discussions regarding the "value" of nature and the environment. The diverse points of view explored, and the writers’ insistence on careful interpretation, demonstrate that environmental values are complex, rich, and deeply felt—far more so than mainstream economic methodology would have us believe. There is general consensus among the contributors that the narrative form allows for an exploration of the richness of what it means to "value" nature without being preachy or didactic. Following interviews with the twelve authors, examples of their work demonstrate how indirect expressions of value, in the words of Allison Hawthorne Deming, have an "emotional hue" that can replenish the energy depleted by the coldness of cost-benefit arguments.

Synopsis:

Typically, environmental economists place monetary values on elements of the environmental, so they can be bought and sold like everything else in a proper capitalist world. As a contrast, Satterfield (culture, risk, and the environment; U. of British Columbia) and Slovic (literature and the environment, U. of Nevada-Reno) present conversations about the value of the environment with literary figures, followed in each case by readings further exploring the themes that emerge. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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