The Nature of College

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/1/2010
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions

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Stately oaks, ivy-covered walls, the opposite sex — these are the things that likely come to mind for most Americans when they think about the "nature" of college. But the real nature of college is hidden in plain sight: it’s flowing out of the keg, it’s woven into the mascots on our T-shirts. Engaging in a deep and richly entertaining study of "campus ecology," The Nature of College explores one day in the life of the average student, questioning what "natural" is and what "common sense" is really good for and weighing the collective impacts of the everyday. In the end, this fascinating, highly original book rediscovers and repurposes the great and timeless opportunity presented by college: to study the American way of life, and to develop a more sustainable, better way to live.

Table of Contents

Preludep. ix
Introduction: A Reader's Guidep. 3
Waking Up to Naturep. 13
The Nature of Stuffp. 35
The Nature of Clothesp. 51
Food for Thoughtp. 67
The Nature of Carsp. 93
The Nature of Screensp. 119
The Nature of Partiesp. 157
The Nature of Sex and (Sometimes) Lovep. 177
The Nature of Religionp. 199
The Nature of Politicsp. 223
Making Environmental Historyp. 249
Notesp. 163
Acknowledgmentsp. 311
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