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- DescriptionExamining the science of stream restoration, Rebecca Lave argues that the neoliberal emphasis on the privatization and commercialization of kwledge has fundamentally changed the way that science is funded, organized, and viewed in the United States. Stream restoration science and practice is in a startling state. The most widely respected expert in the field, Dave Rosgen, is a private consultant with relatively little formal scientific training. Since the mid-1990s, many academic and federal agency - based scientists have deunced Rosgen as a charlatan and a hack. Despite this, Rosgen's Natural Channel Design approach, classification system, and short-course series are t only accepted but are viewed as more legitimate than academically produced kwledge and training. Rosgen's methods are w promoted by federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, as well as by resource agencies in dozens of states. Drawing on the work of Pierre Bourdieu, Lave demonstrates that the primary cause of Rosgen's success is neither the method r the man but is instead the assignment of a new legitimacy to scientific claims developed outside the academy, concurrent with academic scientists' decreasing ability to defend their turf. What is at stake in the Rosgen wars, argues Lave, is t just the ecological health of our rivers and streams but the very future of environmental science.
- Author BiographyRebecca Lave is an assistant professor and the director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Geography at Indiana University.
- Author(s)Rebecca Lave
- PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
- Date of Publication30/11/2012
- SubjectEarth Sciences
- Series TitleGeographies of Justice and Social Transformation
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Georgia Press
- Content Note1 black & white photographs, 15 figures
- Weight422 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Series Edited byDeborah Cowen,Melissa W. Wright,Nik Heynen
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