Paul Robbins is Professor in the Department of Geography and Regional Development at the University of Arizona.For some people, their lawn is a source of pride, and for others, caring for their lawn is a chore. Yet for an increasing number of people, turf care is a cause for ecological anxiety. InLawn People, author Paul Robbins asks, "How did the needs of the grass come to be my own?" In his goal to get a clearer picture of why people and grasses do what they do, Robbins interviews homeowners about their lawns and uses national surveys, analysis from aerial photographs, and economic data to determine what people really feel about-and how they treat- their lawns.
Lawn Peopleplaces the lawn in its ecological, economic, and social context. Robbins considers the attention we pay our turfgrass-the chemicals we use to grow lawns, the hazards of turf care to our urban ecology, and its potential impact on water quality and household health. He also shows how the ecology of cities creates certain kinds of citizens, deftly contrasting man's control of the lawn with the lawn's control of man.Lawn Peopleprovides an intriguing examination of nature's influence on landscape management and on the ecosystem."Lawn People is a refreshing and overdue reminder that ecology and non-human life are critical elements and agents influencing how we structure our daily lives, our personal economies, tastes, and social relations with one another." Alec Brownlow, DePaul UniversityA comprehensive survey of the American lawn and how caring for it impacts people's lives
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|Explaining Lawn People|
|Is the Lawn an Expression of American Culture?|
|Does the Lawn Necessarily Require Inputs?|
|Are Lawn Inputs a Hazzard?|
|Does the Industry Meet or Produce Demand?|
|Do Lawn People Choose Lawns?|
|Can Lawn People Choose Alternatives?|
|Becoming Turfgrass Subjects|
#60;b#62;Paul Robbins#60;/b#62; is a Professor in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, Tucson. His current research centers on the relationships between individuals, environmental actors, and the institutions that connect them. Robbins is also the author of #60;i#62;Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction (2004)#60;/i#62; and #60;i#62;Lawn People: How Grasses Weeds and Chemicals Make us Who We Are#60;/i#62; (2007).#60;p#62;#60;b#62;John Hintz#60;/b#62; is Assistant Professor of Geography & Geosciences at the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. His current research focuses on land use conflicts, environmental policy, and the US environmental movement. He has most recently published in the journals #60;i#62;Capitalism Nature, Socialism#60;/i#62; and #60;i#62;Ethics, Place and Environment#60;/i#62;.#60;p#62;#60;b#62;Sarah Moore#60;/b#62; is Assistant Professor in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Her research focuses on urban development politics, urban environmental issues, and environmental justice in the United States and Latin America. Her publications include numerous articles in the #60;i#62;Professional Geographer#60;/i#62; and #60;i#62;Society and Natural Resources#60;/i#62;.