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The Riverside Reader , Seventh Edition
Joseph F. Trimmer and Maxine C. Hairston
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Theme 1: The Environment

General Theme Links

Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior
Site devoted to research about human behavior in computer-generated virtual environments. Includes research on virtual environments as educational tools, the social and psychological impact of virtual environments, and much more.

Human Behavior and Evolution Society
Is human behavior determined by culture or the natural world? This site looks at human behavior as a part of the process of evolution. The site has extensive links on evolutionary theory and human nature, including cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and sexual behaviors.

Environmentalism: The Anti-Industrial Revolution
This site argues that "environmentalism . . . is fundamentally an attack on the ideals of Western Civilization."

Bad Subjects Issue 29: "Environments"
"The varying concepts of 'environment' represented here extend far beyond the realm of mountain biking, REI and endless supplies of stale trail mix. . . . Each of our contributors has spoken eloquently of the ways in which they are daily affected by their environments, whether work environments, learning environments, social environments, political environments and last but not least, natural environments. If there is a single theme which unites these articles it is . . . that . . . labor constitutes the connecting thread between ourselves and the world."

Links for Readings in the Theme

Andre Dubus, Digging
William Faulkner on the Web
Like in Digging, the environment or setting of William Faulkner's works is a central element of his fiction. This site explores Faulkner's fictional southern county in detail.

Lars Eighner, My Daily Dives in the Dumpster
National Coalition for the Homeless
"A national advocacy network of homeless persons, activists, service providers, and others committed to ending homelessness through public education, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, and technical assistance."

The Art and Science of Dumpster Diving
Tips for treasure seekers.

Frugal Living Tips: Dumpster Diving
Usenet posts by dumpster divers.

Dumpster Diving Reaps Many Benefits
A dumpster diver tells her story.

Bad Subjects Issue 55: "Garbage"
"Garbage . . . lies at center of a system that maintains hierarchies of difference (the Haves who consume and produce waste vs. the Have Nots) as a material consequence of production/consumption as well as a metaphor for understanding power relations today."

Natalie Angier, Dolphin Courtship
Dolphins and ManEquals? Discusses signs of dolphin intelligence, language, and social structures. Extensive links to other dolphin-related sites at the bottom of the page.

Mark Twain, Two Views of the River
Mark Twain Resources on the World Wide Web
Essays, quotes, criticism, works (including Life on the Mississippi), and much more.