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xvi, 208 p. ; 25 cm.
This work is a scientific and philosophical defence of environmentalism, which focuses on the relationship between the growth of human population and the environmental crises of industrial activity. It argues that if this issue is not addressed, then the Earth's ecology may be expected to collapse.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780275956011 20160528
Green Library
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vii, 196 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Preface The Crisis of Civilization: Economic Globalization and the Shredding of the World The Bankruptcy of Economics Fingernails on the Mind's Blackboard: Universal Reason, Postmodernity and the Limits of Science Civilization's Wake: Ecology, Economics and the Roots of Environmental Destruction and Neglect Notes Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780333681442 20160528
We live in times of uncertainty and insecurity at a personal, national and global level. Writers such as Samuel P. Huntington and Robert D. Kaplan respectively have spoken of an emerging 'clash of civilizations' and of 'the coming anarchy'. This book is also concerned with the future of civilization, in particular with the conflict between economic growth and the sustainability of the biophysical life-support systems of the planet. Economic globalization - the creation of a one-world economy with the free-flow of capital, goods and services across national boundaries - is eroding the economic sovereignty of nations, and producing a trail of unemployment and social turmoil in its wake. Further, the irresistible force of economic globalization is set to crash into the immovable object of the global environmental crisis, producing a breakdown of civilized order in the world, and threatening the continuation of human life itself. This book is a systematic critique of orthodox neoclassical economics, which has supplied a philosophical and ideological framework for economic globalization, unending economic growth and the ceaseless exploitation of nature.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780333681442 20160528
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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viii, 185 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Preface-- The Coming Anarchy-- The Collapse of Civilization and the Coming of Hell on Earth-- The Ecology of Collapse: Technological and Ecological Mechanisms for the Destruction of Civilization-- The Remorseless Working of Things: Population Collides with Environment-- Global Meltdown: A Tapestry of Turmoil at the End of the Modern Age-- Bibliography-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780275956004 20160528
Believing that civilization as we know it will not last, even without a definitive environmental cataclysm, the authors of this book explore the social, political and philosophical ramifications of this vision. After outlining the interaction of the forces of environmental destruction, economic rationalism and technological revolution, this book seeks to show their impact on social problems such as immigration, racial and ethnic conflict, and the loss of personal, spiritual and religious meaning. In the first chapter, the authors consider the effects of these social conflicts in both the non-Western and the Western world, concluding that the global meltdown theory is supported by the worldwide rise of terrorism. Chapter two discusses the technological and ecological forces they believe will lead to a "new world disorder". The work then goes on to use Australia as a case study illustrating the collision of population and environment. In the concluding chapter, the authors support their thesis further with a review of the literature on the subject.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780275956004 20160528
Green Library
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xi, 265 p. ; 24 cm.
This study provides a comprehensive and scholarly introduction to the debate around global apocalypse. The work presents an up-to-date overview of global climactic change, while also addressing challenges from climate change skeptics. Issues discussed include, the limits of scientific knowledge, and the capacity for societies to adapt to environmental challenges. The theme of the collapse of modern civilization is gaining increasing academic and popular interest. In recent times, there have been a number of movies and best-selling popular books dealing with this theme. However, there is also a body of scholarly and scientific work which also sees human civilization and even the survival of the human species itself: as under threat. Typically these works are concerned with the interacting and converging ecological threats of climate change, resource depletion (especially 'peak oil'), biodiversity destruction and impending water and soil crises, among other matters. Some influential scholars see a collapse of modern civilization occurring because of the self-destructive affluence of the First World, with a possible descent into 'global anarchy'. Others are more optimistic and see hope for a new ecologically sustainable civilization to be built from the decaying ruins of modernity. "The Self-Destructive Affluence of the First World" offers a clear and concise introduction to these epic debates which will decide the future of humanity. The work presents for non-specialists an up-to-date overview of some alarming trends in global climatic change, while also addressing challenges from climate change skeptics. Issues discussed include the limits of our rational and scientific understanding of the world, and the need for epistemological humbleness, the incapacity for modern societies to adapt to the radical environmental challenges ahead, and the likely way the human story will end.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780773436206 20160605
Green Library
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v, 193 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Ragnarok! race, place and global anarchy at the end of the modern age-- the failure of the enlightenment project - the Balkanization of everything-- shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods - the epistemological limits of universalism-- coming together and falling apart - the failure of the one-world dream-- endtimes - breakdown and breakup.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780333681435 20160527
In a vision of apocalyptic pessimism, this critical examination explores the multitude of economic, environmental, and social problems facing human civilization. A global situation of "planetary overload" has made our world alien, hostile, and increasingly out of control, distant from human culture and communities, and approaching a point of critical instability, after which a breakdown of civilization occurs.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780312229085 20160527
In a vision of apocalyptic pessimism, "Global Anarchy in the Third Millennium" critically examines the multitude of economics, environmental and social problems facing human civilization. A global situation of "planetary overload" has made our world alien, hostile and increasingly out of control, distant from human culture and communities, and approaching a point of critical instability, after which a breakdown of civilization occurs.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780333681435 20160527
Green Library
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vii, 258 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Crisis and critique in the republic under seige-- philosophy, politics and the common life-- globalization and a fatally wounded community-- Marx, globalization and the spectre of nationalism-- enlightenment reason and nationalist prejudice-- nihilism, nationalism and the technocratic state.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781859723418 20160527
This work summarizes an already comprehensive field of criticisms of received economics and advanced new ones, particularly with respect to free trade and the industrialisation of economic systems. If global economic and ecological catastrophe is to be avoided, nations and communities must move towards greater self-reliance within the framework of a much less resource-wasteful existence. But to do this will require not merely a cosmetic change in the present socio-economic system, but a change of such magnitude that it dwarfs previous social transformations in human history. This great transformation must occur by conscious human activity and it must occur quickly if human civilizations, and indeed human life itself, is to continue.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781859723418 20160527
SAL3 (off-campus storage)

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