Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Green Culture: An A-to-Z Guide

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Green Culture: An A-to-Z Guide

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Green Culture: An A-to-Z Guide. Edited by Kevin Wehr and Paul Robbins. The Sage Reference Series on Green Society: Toward a Sustainable Future. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2011. 558p. $110 (ISBN: 978-1-4129-9693-8). E-book available (978-1-4129-7571-1), call for pricing. Green Health: An A-to-Z Guide. Edited by Oladele Ogunseitan and Paul Robbins. The Sage Reference Series on Green Society: Toward a Sustainable Future. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2011. 562p. $110 (ISBN: 978-1-4129-9688-4). E-book available (978-1-4129-7459-2), call for pricing.

Each of these volumes provides coverage of material related to green topics in a particular subfield. At least 10 other "Green" titles have been published, from Green Business to Green Technology; all sold separately or in electronic format. Every book in the series has its own editor, while Paul Robbins (University of Arizona) serves as the general editor for the set. These volumes follow identical arrangements and offer similar features, such as both a classified subject list and an alphabetical list of all topics as well as a chronology of important events in the field. Lengthy essays, from 2 to 10 pages each, give excellent summaries, employing advanced vocabulary. Jargon cannot be avoided but appears extensively in some articles, making them harder to follow. References include books, journal and magazine articles, and websites. The references to journal and magazine articles in both reviewed volumes appear incomplete, as none have page numbers for any article. A glossary, bibliography, annotated list of important websites and a thorough index complete each volume. Neither of the books delivered many illustrations, those appearing were black and white. Contributors hailed from both American and foreign educational institutions, as well as a goodly number of "Independent Scholars." Even coverage of subjects prevails, with many pieces summarizing both sides of a topic; for example the lengthy article on "Green Jobs" in Green Culture has sections on both "Appeals" and "Dangers" of these jobs.

Green Health discusses consumer products, disease (both chronic and infectious) prevention and control, legal issues, even personal care products as well as providing information on various health problems of our environment. …

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