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In The Environment and the People in American Cities, 1600s-1900s: Disorder, Inequality, and Social Change, Dorceta Taylor ’85, Ph.D. ’91, examines the development of urban environments and urban environmentalism in the United States over four centuries. Taylor focuses on the evolution of the city, the emergence of elite reformers, the framing of environmental problems and the responses to perceived breakdowns in social order. She demonstrates how social inequalities repeatedly informed the adjudication of questions related to health, safety and land access and use. While many accounts of environmental history begin and end with wildlife and wilderness, Taylor shows that the city offers important clues to understanding the evolution of American environmental activism. The book is published by Duke University Press. To purchase a copy, visit www.amazon.com or www.indiebound.com to locate an independent bookseller.
In Insectopedia, Hugh Raffles, D.F.E.S. ’99, probes the vast insect world from A to Z. It is loaded with facts—some profound, others curious and still others uproariously funny. The book is also part personal memoir, part scientific detective story and part cultural study. He travels the Amazon, visits Chernobyl and enters laboratories and sidewalk cafes in search of insects and the ideas and cultures they inspire. Insects stir eerie fascination: they are beautiful, disgusting, important and annoying. To some they are tasty. To others they are a source of sexual fetish. Insects become windows into…
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