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

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Overview

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 WorldBank 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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"O'Rourke shows that even in the context of a poor market-socialist country whose state places the highest priority on attracting foreign investment in manufacturing,community-driven regulation can be surprisingly effective in reducing pollution and other forms of environmental degradation. Another important conclusion of his study that is relevant to both North and South is the critical role that citizen access to information on pollution emission standards and on how local firms compare to others across the country plays in such regulation."—Frederick H.

Buttel, William H. Sewell Professor of Rural Sociology and Professor of Environmental Studies,University of Wisconsin, Madison

"Pellow employs the notion of the 'treadmill of production' along with theoretical insights from race and ethnic studies to reveal the contradictions and complexities of the urban recycling and waste management economy. With the publication of Garbage Wars, David Pellow has established himself as one of foremost theorists and researchers on environmental inequalities and environmental justice."—Frederick H. Buttel, William H. Sewell Professor of Rural Sociology andProfessor of Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262600590
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Series: Politics, Science, and the Environment
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at HarvardUniversity's Kennedy School of Government. She is the author of Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States and other books and the coeditor ofEarthly Politics: Local and Global in Environmental Governance (MIT Press,2004).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Globalization and Environmental Governance 1
1 Heaven and Earth: The Politics of Environmental Images 31
2 Imperial Science, Imperial Nature: Environmental Knowledge for the World (Bank) 55
3 Resisting Empire: Globalism, Relocalization, and the Politics of Knowledge 81
4 The Local, the Global, and the Kyoto Protocol 103
5 When Global Is Local: Negotiating Safe Use of Biotechnology 127
6 Transnational Locals: Brazilian Experiences of the Climate Regime 151
7 Localizing Global Change in Germany 173
8 Social Movements and Environmental Democratization in Thailand 195
9 Merchants of Diversity: Scientists as Traffickers of Plants and Institutions 217
10 Knowing the Urban Wasteland: Ecological Expertise as Local Process 241
11 Negotiating Global Nature and Local Culture: The Case of MaKah Whaling 263
12 Patching Local and Global Knowledge Together: Citizens Inside US Chemical Industry 285
13 Ordering Environments: Regions in European International Environmental Cooperation 309
Conclusion: Knowledge and Governance 335
About the Authors 351
Index 353
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