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Clare Saunders' book is an important contribution to the literature on social movements and environmentalism. Using the concept of 'environmental networks', it explores the extent to which social movement theory helps us understand how a broad range of environmental organizations interact. It considers the practicalities of social movement theories and it goes on to relate them to the practices of environmental networks. Theoretically and empirically rich, the book draws on extensive survey material with 144 UK environmental organizations, as diverse as not-in-my-backyard (NIMBY) groups, reformists, conservationists and radicals; interviews with more than 40 key campaigners and extensive participant-observation, particularly in London. Focussing particularly on the crucial question of networking dynamics, the book reveals that there are broad ranging network links across the movements' spatial and ideological dimensions. Combined with inevitable ideological clashes and a degree of sectarian rivalry, these links helps produce vibrant environmental networks that together work to protect and/or preserve the environment. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone concerned with environmental issues, politics and movements.
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Based on detailed empirical research, this is a penetrating analysis of the state of the environmental movement.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Environmental movements and environmental networks Chapter 3. Key organisations and campaigns in London's environmental network Chapter 4. The role of resources in relationships Chapter 5. Political structures, political contingencies and environmental networks Chapter 6. Environmental networks and new social movement theory Chapter 7. Collective identity and solidarity. Do they unify or factionalise environmental networks? Chapter 8. Towards a synthetic analytical framework for understanding interaction in environmental networks

About the Author

Clare Saunders is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Politics at the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter.


This book successfully provides a constructive framework for considering environmental networks through a `dynamic process' combining a range of aspects of SMT which have previously been considered in isolation. It highlights the extensive, and often surprising, network links between environmental organisations of differing spatial and ideological standpoints. This book's depth and accessible writing style make it an excellent accompaniment to both new and established readers examining politics, environmentalism and social movements. -- William Knight, University of Nottingham * Political Studies Review Volume 13, Issue 1 *

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