Social Sciences

Books

Hugh S. Gorman

The Story of N: A Social History of the Nitrogen Cycle and the Challenge of Sustainability by Hugh S. Gorman

The Story of N

  • A Social History of the Nitrogen Cycle and the Challenge of Sustainability
  • Hugh S. Gorman
  • Rutgers University Press, 2013

In The Story of N, Hugh S. Gorman analyzes the notion of sustainability from a fresh perspective—the integration of human activities with the biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen—and provides a supportive alternative to studying sustainability through the lens of climate change and the cycling of carbon.

 

Redefining Efficiency: Pollution Concerns, Regulatory Mechanisms, and Technological Change in the U.S. Petroleum Industry by Hugh S. Gorman

Redefining Efficiency

Today, pollution control regulations define how complex technological systems interact with natural ecosystems and competing human uses of the environment. Redefining Efficiency examines the evolution of this industrial ecology in the United States by tracing numerous pollution concerns associated with the production, transportation, and refining of petroleum over the course of the twentieth century.

 

Kathy Halvorsen

Renewable Fuel Standard: Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of U.S. Biofuel Policy

Renewable Fuel Standard

  • Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of U.S. Biofuel Policy
  • Kathy Halvorsen
  • National Academies Press, 2011

Renewable Fuel Standard evaluates the economic and environmental consequences of increasing biofuels production as a result of Renewable Fuels Standard, as amended by EISA (RFS2). The report describes biofuels produced in 2010 and those projected to be produced and consumed by 2022, reviews model projections and other estimates of the relative impact on the prices of land, and discusses the potential environmental harm and benefits of biofuels production and the barriers to achieving the RFS2 consumption mandate.

 

Alison K. Hoagland

Building Environments: Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, X

Building Environments

  • Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, X
  • Kenneth A. Breisch and Alison K. Hoagland, Editors
  • University of Tennessee Press, 2005

Building Environments: Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture is a collection of the best papers presented at recent annual meetings of the Vernacular Architecture Forum. The editors assert that there is no single correct avenue to exploring our built environment. Rather, these essays provide a road map of the various paths of architectural inquiry, illustrating how expansive and interdisciplinary this research quest can and should be.

 

Army Architecture in the West: Forts Laramie, Bridger, and D.A. Russell 1849-1912

Army Architecture in the West

In Army Architecture in the West, Alison K. Hoagland dispels the myth that all western forts were uniform structures of military might churned out according to a master set of plans authorized by army officials in Washington, D.C. Instead, by examining three exemplary Wyoming forts, Hoagland reveals that widely varying architectural designs were used to construct western forts.

 

Constructing Image, Identity and Place: Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, IX

Constructing Image, Identity, and Place

  • Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, IX
  • Alison K. Hoagland and Kenneth A. Breisch, Editors
  • University of Tennessee, 2003

Although vernacular architecture scholarship has expanded beyond its core fascination with common buildings and places, its attention remains fixed on the social function of building. Consistent with this expansion of interests, Constructing Image, Identity, and Place includes essays on a wide variety of American building types and landscapes drawn from a broad geographic and chronological spectrum.

 

Buildings of Alaska

Buildings of Alaska

Buildings of Alaska traces Alaska's architecture from the earliest dwellings made of sod, whalebone, and driftwood to the glass and metal skyscrapers of modern-day Anchorage. Focusing on the various cultural traditions that have helped shape Alaska's architecture, the volume also explores how the state's buildings reflect the attempts of Alaskans to adapt to the unique conditions of their environment.

 

Larry Lankton

Hollowed Ground: Copper Mining and Community Building on Lake Superior, 1840-1990

Hollowed Ground

  • Copper Mining and Community Building on Lake Superior, 1840-1990
  • Larry Lankton
  • Wayne State University Press, 2010, Copper World

In Hollowed Ground, author Larry Lankton tells the story of two copper industries on Lake Superior—native copper mining, which produced about 11 billion pounds of the metal from the 1840s until the late 1960s, and copper sulfide mining, which began in the 1950s and produced another 4.4 billion pounds of copper through the 1990s.

 

Beyond the Boundaries: Life and Landscape at the Lake Superior Copper Mines, 1840-1875

Beyond the Boundaries

  • Life and Landscape at the Lake Superior Copper Mines, 1840-1875
  • Larry Lankton
  • Oxford University Press, 1999

Spanning the years 1840-1875, Beyond the Boundaries focuses on the settlement of Upper Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, telling the story of reluctant pioneers who attempted to establish a decent measure of comfort, control, and security in what was in many ways a hostile environment.

 

Cradle to Grave: Life, Work, and Death at the Lake Superior Copper Mines

Cradle to Grave

  • Life, Work, and Death at the Lake Superior Copper Mines
  • Larry Lankton
  • Oxford University Press, 1993

Concentrating on technology, economics, labor, and social history, Cradle to Grave documents the full life cycle of one of America's great mineral ranges from the 1840s to the 1960s. Lankton examines the workers' world underground, but is equally concerned with the mining communities on the surface.

 

Old Reliable: An Illustrated History of the Quincy Mining Company

Old Reliable

  • An Illustrated History of the Quincy Mining Company
  • Larry Lankton and Charles K. Hyde
  • Quincy Mine Hoist Association, 1982

The Quincy Mining Company earned the name Old Reliable for its remarkable record of uninterrupted dividends extending from 1867 to 1920. This book covers the history of the mine from its very beginning in 1846 through 1977.

 

Carol MacLennan

The State and Democracy: Revitalizing America's Government

The State and Democracy

  • Revitalizing America's Government
  • Mark V. Levine, Carol MacLennan, John J. Kushma, Charles Noble
  • Routledge, 1988

Corporate domination of public policy during the Reagan years has resulted not only in increasing inequality and deteriorating living standards for millions of Americans, but in a diminution in the capacity of government to solve basic problems that are not amenable to market-oriented solutions. The authors of The State and Democracy propose a new public philosophy for America: one which comprises communitarian values; governments at all levels which actively pursue the public interest; a participatory political culture; and a democratic, accountable process of public choice. Because of the authors' extensive experience both inside and outside government, they offer a fresh, interdisciplinary perspective based not only on extensive research and study, but also on first-hand experience.

 

Susan R. Martin

Wonderful Power: The Story of Ancient Copper Working in the Lake Superior Basin

Wonderful Power

  • The Story of Ancient Copper Working in the Lake Superior Basin
  • Susan R. Martin
  • Wayne State University Press, 1999

Long before the arrival of European settlers, Native Americans in the Lake Superior basin mined and worked copper and traded it well beyond the region. They directed white settlers to copper lodes and explained the mineral's significance and "wonderful power." Wonderful Power examines the archaeological record to relate the story of that unique industry.

 

Terry S. Reynolds

Iron Will: Cleveland-Cliffs and the Mining of Iron Ore, 1847–2006

Iron Will

  • Cleveland-Cliffs and the Mining of Iron Ore, 1847–2006
  • Terry S. Reynolds and Virginia P. Dawson
  • Wayne State University Press, 2011

In Iron Will: Cleveland-Cliffs and the Mining of Iron Ore, 1847–2006, Terry S. Reynolds and Virginia P. Dawson tell the story of Cleveland-Cliffs, the only surviving independent American iron mining company, now known as Cliffs Natural Resources. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland-Cliffs played a major role in the opening and development of the Lake Superior mining district and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

 

Stronger than a Hundred Men: A History of the Vertical Water Wheel

Stronger Than a Hundred Men

  • A History of the Vertical Water Wheel
  • Terry S. Reynolds
  • The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003 (Original 1983)

Stronger than a Hundred Men explores the development of the vertical water wheel from its invention in ancient times through its eventual demise as a source of power during the Industrial Revolution.

 

Technology and American History: A Historical Anthology from Technology and Culture

Technology & American History

  • A Historical Anthology from Technology and Culture
  • Stephen H. Cutcliffe and Terry S. Reynolds, Editors
  • University of Chicago Press, 1997

Technology & American History explores the technological dimension of American life from the birth of American industry in the late eighteenth century to the massive industrial systems of the late twentieth century.

 

Technology and the West: A Historical Anthology from Technology and Culture

Technology & the West

  • A Historical Anthology from Technology and Culture
  • Terry S. Reynolds and Stephen H. Cutcliffe, Editors
  • University of Chicago Press, 1997

This broad-ranging anthology provides a condensed overview of technology in Western civilization. Its twenty-one carefully selected articles and overview essays demonstrate the complex relationship between technological and social change from antiquity to the present.

 

The Engineer in America: A Historical Anthology from Technology and Culture

The Engineer in America

  • A Historical Anthology from Technology and Culture
  • Terry S. Reynolds, Editor
  • University of Chicago Press, 1991

With some two million practitioners, engineers form one of America's largest professional groups; indeed, it is the single largest occupation of American males today. The rise of this profession and its place in American society provide the focus for this anthology.

 

Timothy Scarlett

Global Perspectives on Archaeological Field Schools

Global Perspectives on Archaeological Field Schools

  • Constructing New Knowledge in Industrial Archaeology (chapter)
  • Timothy Scarlett, Sam R. Sweitz
  • Springer Publishing, 2012

Field schools in industrial archaeology (IA) are unusual within academic archaeology, a fact that reflects the unusual relationship between IA and other types of archaeology in the landscape of academic bureaucracies. In this essay, we offer some personal observations on how the field school experience contributes to building new knowledge in this field. Some of our concerns are unique to teaching IA, or if not unique, at least more particular for collaborations surrounding Industrial Heritage.

 

Bruce E. Seely

The Best Transportation System in the World: Railroads, Trucks, Airlines, and American Public Policy in the Twentieth Century

The Best Transportation System in the World

  • Railroads, Trucks, Airlines, and American Public Policy in the Twentieth Century
  • Mark H. Rose, Bruce E. Seely, Paul F. Barrett
  • The Ohio State University Press, 2006

"This important book argues persuasively that it was history and politics, not markets and competition, that determined public policy toward transportation from 1920–1980. Skillfully pulling together the histories of the various modes of transportation, the book makes the case that politics was more significant even than technical expertise—invariably, the work of experts was bested by politics." — William H. Becker, George Washington University

 

Encyclopedia of American Business History and Biography: The Iron and Steel Industry in the Twentieth Century

Encyclopedia of American Business History and Biography

Building the American Highway System: Engineers as Policy Makers

Building the American Highway System

  • Engineers as Policy Makers
  • Bruce E. Seely
  • Temple University Press, 1987

Interesting and well-written, this book examines the highway policy developed over the first half of the twentieth century in a study which traces in detail the growth of public roads through the establishment of the Interstate network.

 

Barry D. Solomon

Sustainable Development of Biofuels in Latin America

Sustainable Development of Biofuels in Latin America and the Caribbean

This book examines recent developments in Latin American biofuel production. Taking “sustainable development” as a central theme, each chapter considers one country in the region and explores how biofuel production is evolving given concerns about food sovereignty, trade and other social issues.

 

Readings in American Socioeconomic Institutions

Readings in American Socioeconomic Institutions

  • Fourth Edition
  • Barry D. Solomon, General Editor
  • Pearson Custom Publishing, 2011

Readings in American Socioeconomic Institutions is a custom-published textbook by the instructor for UN 2002: Institutions, a new general education course begun in the fall of 2000 at Michigan Technological University. The course and book were designed for sophomore and advanced freshmen students, and was required for all students at the time.

 

Renewable Energy from Forest Resources in the United States

Renewable Energy from Forest Resources in the United States

  • Series: Routledge Explorations in Environmental Economics, 12
  • Barry D. Solomon and Valerie A. Luzadis, Editors
  • London; New York; Routledge, 2009

Interest in biomass energy resources from forests, farms and other sources has been rapidly increasing in recent years because of growing concern with reducing carbon dioxide emissions and developing alternatives to increasingly scarce, expensive and insecure oil supplies. The uniqueness of this book is its coverage of biomass energy markets in the US from an economic as well as technical perspective.

 

The International Politics of Nuclear Waste

The International Politics of Nuclear Waste

Geographical Dimensions of Energy

Geographical Dimensions of Energy

 

Sam Sweitz

On the Periphery of the Periphery

On the Periphery of the Periphery

  • Household Archaeology at Hacienda San Juan Bautista Tabi, Yucatán, Mexico
  • Sam R. Sweitz
  • Springer Publishing, 2012

This volume examines the social and economic changes that characterized Yucatán, Mexico, circa the late 18th through early 19th centuries, as the region became increasingly articulated within global networks of exchange.

 

Global Perspectives on Archaeological Field Schools

Global Perspectives on Archaeological Field Schools

  • Constructing New Knowledge in Industrial Archaeology (chapter)
  • Timothy Scarlett, Sam R. Sweitz
  • Springer Publishing, 2012

Field schools in industrial archaeology (IA) are unusual within academic archaeology, a fact that reflects the unusual relationship between IA and other types of archaeology in the landscape of academic bureaucracies. In this essay, we offer some personal observations on how the field school experience contributes to building new knowledge in this field. Some of our concerns are unique to teaching IA, or if not unique, at least more particular for collaborations surrounding Industrial Heritage.