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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262072106 | 408 pp. | 6 x 9 in | January 2001
Paperback | $38.00 Trade | £26.95 | ISBN: 9780262571661 | 408 pp. | 6 x 9 in | August 2002

Environmentalism Unbound

Exploring New Pathways for Change


In Environmentalism Unbound, Robert Gottlieb proposes a new strategy for social and environmental change that involves reframing and linking the movements for environmental justice and pollution prevention. According to Gottlieb, the environmental movement's narrow conception of environment has isolated it from vital issues of everyday life, such as workplace safety, healthy communities, and food security, that are often viewed separately as industrial, community, or agricultural concerns. This fragmented approach prevents an awareness of how these issues are also environmental issues.

After tracing a history of environmental perspectives on land and resources, city and countryside, and work and industry, Gottlieb focuses on three compelling examples of this new approach to social and environmental change. The first involves a small industry (dry cleaning) and the debate over pollution prevention approaches; the second involves a set of products (janitorial cleaning supplies) that may be hazardous to workers; and the third explores the obstacles and opportunities presented by community or regional approaches to food supply in the face of an increasingly globalized food system.

About the Author

Robert Gottlieb is Henry R. Luce Professor of Urban Environmental Studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He is the author of Environmentalism Unbound: Exploring New Pathways for Change (2001), and Reinventing Los Angeles: Nature and Community in the Global City (2007), both published by the MIT Press, and other books.


"Environmentalism Unbound is cogent and visionary.", Chip Ward, Washington Post Book World
"Environmentalism Unbound is a convincing nudge in a positive direction. Gottlieb leaves us with much food for thought.", Stacey Swearingen White, Journal of the American Planning Association
"Environmentalism Unbound is cogent and visionary." Chip Ward Washington Post Book World


"Environmentalism Unbound is a powerful reinterpretation of environmentalism and a trenchant critique of established environmental organizations and the environmental justice movement. Filled with historical insight and practical wisdom, the book serves as a road map for revitalizing America's most important social movements, bringing urban issues, industrial development, the hazards of work, and efforts to achieve livable communities to the center of the debate about society's relation to the natural world. A tough, profoundly inspiring, and optimistic book."
Carl Anthony, Urban Habitat Program and the San Francisco Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Development


Bronze Award Winner for Environment in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards.