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Book review Understanding the Environment: Bridging the Disciplinary Divides, Edited by R. Quentin Grafton , Libby Robin and Robert J. Wasson . Published by University of New South Wales Press and Centre for Applied Economic Research , Sydney, Australia , 2005 , pp . xviii + 219 , ISBN 086840 912 X (pbk) , A$44.95 . Identifying how researchers in different disciplines conceptualise environmental issues is a challenging task. The execution of this book is suggested by the editors to be akin to the parable about blind men describing an elephant: each has such a different impression that it seems impossible that it could be the same animal they are feeling. In this book, the environment is the elephant, and the different disciplines are the blind men describing how they view the engagement. The editors have brought together contributions from 10 key areas to identify different prisms by which environmental issues are analysed. While the contributors are all from the Australian National University (most from the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies), the focus of the book is at broad discipline levels rather than particular environmental issues. The key discipline areas that are covered include history, anthropology, economics, human health, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Australian Journal of Agricultural Resource Economics Wiley

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
1364-985X
eISSN
1467-8489
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-8489.2008.00393.x
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Abstract

Understanding the Environment: Bridging the Disciplinary Divides, Edited by R. Quentin Grafton , Libby Robin and Robert J. Wasson . Published by University of New South Wales Press and Centre for Applied Economic Research , Sydney, Australia , 2005 , pp . xviii + 219 , ISBN 086840 912 X (pbk) , A$44.95 . Identifying how researchers in different disciplines conceptualise environmental issues is a challenging task. The execution of this book is suggested by the editors to be akin to the parable about blind men describing an elephant: each has such a different impression that it seems impossible that it could be the same animal they are feeling. In this book, the environment is the elephant, and the different disciplines are the blind men describing how they view the engagement. The editors have brought together contributions from 10 key areas to identify different prisms by which environmental issues are analysed. While the contributors are all from the Australian National University (most from the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies), the focus of the book is at broad discipline levels rather than particular environmental issues. The key discipline areas that are covered include history, anthropology, economics, human health,

Journal

The Australian Journal of Agricultural Resource EconomicsWiley

Published: Mar 1, 2008

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