About the Series
There is widespread agreement about the existence of a generalized
ecological crisis in today’s world. There is also a growing realization
that the existing disciplines are not well equipped to account for this
crisis, let alone furnish workable solutions; a broad consensus exists on
the need for new models of thought, including more constructive en-
gagement among the natural, social, and humanistic perspectives. At
the same time, the proliferation of social movements that articulate
their knowledge claims in cultural and ecological terms has become an
undeniable social fact. This series is situated at the intersection of these
two trends. We seek to join critical conversations in academic fields
about nature, globalization, and culture with intellectual and political
conversations in social movements and among other popular and ex-
pert groups about environment, place, and alternative socionatural or-
ders. Our objective is to construct bridges among these theoretical and
political developments in the disciplines and in nonacademic arenas
and to create synergies for thinking anew about the real promise of
emergent ecologies. We are interested in those works that enable us to
envision instances of ecological viability as well as more lasting and just
ways of being-in-place and being-in-networks with a diversity of hu-
mans and other living beings and nonliving artifacts.
New Ecologies for the Twenty-First Century aims at promoting a di-
alogue among those engaged in transforming our understanding and
practice of the relation between nature and culture. This includes re-
visiting new fields (such as environmental history, historical ecology,
ecological economics, or political ecology), tendencies (such as the ap-
plication of theories of complexity to rethinking a range of questions,
from evolution to ecosystems), and epistemological concerns (e.g., con-
structivists’ sensitivity toward scientific analyses and scientists’ open-
ness to considering the immersion of material life in meaning-giving
practices). We find this situation hopeful for a real dialogue among the
natural, social, and human sciences. Similarly, the knowledge produced
by social movements in their struggles is becoming essential for envi-
sioning sustainability and conservation. We hope that these trends will
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