Earthly Politics: Local and Global in Environmental Governance / Edition 1

Earthly Politics: Local and Global in Environmental Governance / Edition 1

by Sheila Jasanoff
     
 

Globalization today is as much a problem for international harmony as it is a necessary condition of living together on our planet. Increasing interconnectedness in ecology, economy, technology, and politics has brought nations and societies into ever closer contact, creating acute demands for cooperation.
Earthly Politics argues that in the coming decades

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Globalization today is as much a problem for international harmony as it is a necessary condition of living together on our planet. Increasing interconnectedness in ecology, economy, technology, and politics has brought nations and societies into ever closer contact, creating acute demands for cooperation.
Earthly Politics argues that in the coming decades global governance will have to accommodate differences even as it obliterates distance, and will have to respect many aspects of the local while developing institutions that transcend localism.This book analyzes a variety of environmental-governance approaches that balance the local and the global in order to encourage new, more flexible frameworks of global governance. On the theoretical level, it draws on insights from the field of science and technology studies to enrich our understanding of environmental-development politics. On the pragmatic level, it discusses the design of institutions and processes to address problems of environmental governance that increasingly refuse to remain within national boundaries.The cases in the book display the crucial relationship between knowledge and power--the links between the ways we understand environmental problems and the ways we manage them--and illustrate the different paths by which knowledge-power formations are arrived at, contested, defended, or set aside. By examining how local and global actors ranging from the World Bank to the Makah tribe in the Pacific Northwest respond to the contradictions of globalization, the authors identify some of the conditions for creating more effective engagement between the global and the local in environmental governance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262600590
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Series:
Politics, Science, and the Environment
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Globalization and Environmental Governance1
1Heaven and Earth: The Politics of Environmental Images31
2Imperial Science, Imperial Nature: Environmental Knowledge for the World (Bank)55
3Resisting Empire: Globalism, Relocalization, and the Politics of Knowledge81
4The Local, the Global, and the Kyoto Protocol103
5When Global Is Local: Negotiating Safe Use of Biotechnology127
6Transnational Locals: Brazilian Experiences of the Climate Regime151
7Localizing Global Change in Germany173
8Social Movements and Environmental Democratization in Thailand195
9Merchants of Diversity: Scientists as Traffickers of Plants and Institutions217
10Knowing the Urban Wasteland: Ecological Expertise as Local Process241
11Negotiating Global Nature and Local Culture: The Case of MaKah Whaling263
12Patching Local and Global Knowledge Together: Citizens Inside US Chemical Industry285
13Ordering Environments: Regions in European International Environmental Cooperation309
Conclusion: Knowledge and Governance335
About the Authors351
Index353

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