Title Grassroots to Global
Subtitle Broader Impacts of Civic Ecology
Author Marianne E. Krasny
ISBN 9781501721977
List price GBP 21.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 276
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Cornell University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“Across the globe, people in urban communities are developing new ethics and cultures around their evolving relationship with nature. This book takes on the crucial task of exploring those new perspectives. The authors examine numerous practical examples of environmental stewardship and consider to what extent these movements may shape and create new alliances and movements and how they will help define the urban environment.”

—Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm Resilience Center


Addressing participatory, transdisciplinary approaches to local stewardship of the environment, Grassroots to Global features scholars and stewards exploring the broad impacts of civic engagement with the environment.

Chapters focus on questions that include: How might faith-based institutions in Chicago expand the work of church-community gardens? How do volunteer “nature cleaners” in Tehran attempt to change Iranian social norms? How does an international community in Baltimore engage local people in nature restoration while fostering social equity? How does a child in an impoverished coal mining region become a local and national leader in abandoned mine restoration? And can a loose coalition that transforms blighted areas in Indian cities into pocket parks become a social movement? From the findings of the authors’ diverse case studies, editor Marianne Krasny provides a way to help readers understand the greater implications of civic ecology practices through the lens of multiple disciplines.

Aniruddha Abhyankar, Martha Chaves, Louise Chawla, Dennis Chestnut, Nancy Chikaraishi,
Zahra Golshani, Lance Gunderson, Keith E. Hedges, Robert E. Hughes, Rebecca Jordan, Karim-Aly Kassam, Laurel Kearns, Marianne E. Krasny, Veronica Kyle, David Maddox, Mila Kellen Marshall, Elizabeth Whiting Pierce, Rosalba Lopez Ramirez, Michael Sarbanes, Philip Silva, Traci Sooter, Erika S. Svendsen,
Keith G. Tidball, Arjen E. J. Wals, Rebecca Salminen Witt, Jill Wrigley


Foreword Keith G. Tidball


Introduction Marianne E. Krasny


Chapter 1. Coming Home to Common Ground in Stressed Communities: Intentional Civic Engagement in the Collins Avenue Streamside Community of Southwest Baltimore

Jill Wrigley, Mila Kellen Marshall and Michael Sarbanes

Chapter 2. The Bitter and the Sweet of Nature: Weaving a Tapestry of Migration Stories

Veronica Kyle and Laurel Kearns

Chapter 3. Grassroots Stewardship in Iran: The Rise and Significance of Nature Cleaners

Karim-Aly Kassam, Zahra Golshani and Marianne E. Krasny

Chapter 4. Returning Orange Waters to Blue: Creating a Culture of Civic Engagement through Learning Experiences

Louise Chawla and Robert E. Hughes


Chapter 5. The Nature of Transformative Learning for Social-Ecological Sustainability

Martha Chaves and Arjen E. J. Wals

Chapter 6. Making Knowledge in Civic Ecology Practices: A Community Garden Case Study

Philip Silva and Rosalba Lopez Ramirez

Chapter 7. Mapping the Route from Citizen Science to Environmental Stewardship: Integrating Adaptive Management and Civic Ecology Practice

Rebecca Jordan


Chapter 8. Adaptive Management and Adaptive Governance and and Civic Ecology

Lance Gunderson, Elizabeth Whiting Pierce and Marianne E. Krasny

Chapter 9. The Healing Powers of Nature in Joplin’s Cunningham Park: Coupling Design-Build and Civic Ecology

Keith E. Hedges, Traci Sooter, Nancy Chikaraishi and Marianne E. Krasny

Chapter 10. Countering Environmental Gentrification through Economic and Cultural and and Political Equity: The 11th Street Bridge Park

Dennis Chestnut and Marianne E. Krasny

Chapter 11. Civic Stewardship as a Catalyst for Social-Ecological Change in Detroit and Michigan

Rebecca Salminen Witt, Erika S. Svendsen and Marianne E. Krasny

Chapter 12. From Practice to Fledgling Social Movement in India: Lessons from “The Ugly Indian”

Aniruddha Abhyankar and Marianne E. Krasny

Afterword: Toward a Collaborative Engagement

David Maddox

Notes on Contributors


About the Editor:

Marianne E. Krasny is Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Director of the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University. She is the coeditor or coauthor of numerous books, most recently, Urban Environmental Education Review and Civic Ecology: Adaptation and Transformation from the Ground Up.

Target Audience:

People interested in practical examples of environmental stewardship and environmental studies.

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