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Author Sayre, Nathan Freeman, author

Title The politics of scale : a history of rangeland science / Nathan F. Sayre
Published Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations, maps
Contents Introduction. Rangelands, science, and the politics of scale -- Producing the range: extermination and fences -- Fire and climax: bureaucratic divisions of scientific labor -- Squinting at blind spots: Southwestern rangelands and the consolidation of successional theory -- Fixing stocking rates: monitoring and the politics of measurement -- To manage or manipulate: natural versus artificial improvement of depleted rangelands -- The Western range goes global: neo-malthusianism and pastoral development -- Till the cows come home: overseas failures and critiques of range science -- Conclusion. Capital, climate, and community-based conservation
Summary Rangelands are vast, making up one quarter of the United States and 40% of the Earth's ice-free land. And while contemporary science has revealed a great deal about the environmental impacts associated with intensive livestock production - from greenhouse gas emissions to land and water degradation - far less is known about the historic role science has played in rangeland management and politics. Steeped in US soil, this history of rangeland science looks to the origins of rangeland ecology in the late 19th-century American West, exploring the larger political and economic forces that - together with scientific study - produced legacies focused on immediate economic success rather than long-term ecological well being
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed March 27, 2017)
Subject Range ecology -- Economic aspects -- United States
Range ecology -- United States
Range policy -- United States -- History
Rangelands -- United States -- History
Range ecology.
Range policy.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Agriculture -- Animal Husbandry.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022608339X (electronic bk.)
9780226083391 (electronic bk.)