Review by Choice Review
A "resource war" over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is the subject of this interesting study of how both the environment and the indigenous Athabascan people of northern Alaska are engaged in a currently nonviolent conflict over oil development. Standlea, a political ecologist, provides good insight into the tactics and organization of environmental movements combating what he calls "elitist corporate-political power," and he clearly reveals his strong opposition to any ANWR oil operations. The author straightforwardly indicates his use of Marxist analysis and a grassroots approach to expose the US as a "militaristic corporate state" run by an "oil government," and he relates US policies to "global capitalism" and the application of financial power elsewhere in the world. Standlea's rousing brief on behalf of environmental conservation does not equally cover governmental and corporate perspectives. Nevertheless, it is well written, lively, and carefully prepared and offers a useful micro study of an important issue. Despite the book's ideological slant and evident shortcomings (e.g., Standlea tends to use the terms "neoliberals" and "neoconservatives" interchangeably, and he does not relate ANWR to US strategies to abate importing more than half the oil it consumes), the author carries out his mission as both an activist and a scholar. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections. A. Klinghoffer Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden
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