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The Power of Narrative in Environmental Networks


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Clearly written and illustrated by rich case studies, this book establishes a powerful argument for the role of narrative in creating the identities that establish and maintain social networks tackling the complex and difficult challenges of social and ecological sustainability. The Power of Narrative in Environmental Networks is a must-read for social theorists and environmental practitioners alike. -- Steve Rayner, James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization, Oxford University In recent years, narrative analysis has begun to receive the attention that it deserves in political and policy inquiry. Lejano, Ingram, and Ingram not only illustrate the importance of such narrative analysis in methodological terms, they also offer case examples that demonstrate both how it works and what we learn from it. What is more, the three case narratives make an essential contribution to our understanding of the role of environmental networks in the policy process. The book, in short, is an impressive addition to the literature. -- Frank Fischer, Professor of Politics and Global Affairs, Rutgers University This book is quite important, in that it opens the path to new ways of studying social interactions of all kinds, a path that blends detailed interviews with what is in the end a literary sensibility. It is an integration of social science and the arts, an approach that is in some ways less precise than social science in imitation of the natural sciences but an exploration that is equally valid and useful as a way of understanding human interactions. I thank the authors for an enjoyable read. -- Robert Paehlke, Professor Emeritus, Environmental and Resource Studies, Trent University, Professor Emeritus, Environmental and Resource Studies, Trent University

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Raul Lejano is Associate Professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University and the author of Frameworks for Policy Analysis: Merging Text and Context. Mrill Ingram, a PhD in Geography, is an independent scholar in Madison, Wisconsin. Helen Ingram is Research Fellow at the Southwest Center, University of Arizona, and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author or editor of many books, including Reflections on Water: New Approaches to Transboundary Conflicts and Cooperation (MIT Press, 2001).


Clearly written, engaging, rigorous and timely, The Power of Narrative in Environmental Networks is innovative research in environmental studies and in sociology of the environment. It is one of the very few books that can successfully renew the field of environmental studies and bring a new framework for doctoral students and scholars. Such renewal does not happen every year. Even academics in narrative studies that might be unfamiliar with environmental studies will benefit as well from reading this excellent book.

-Electronic Green Journal

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