Liberation Ecologies / Edition 2

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The new edition has been extensively revised to reflect recent changes in debates over the real definitions of development and environment, and contains nine completely new chapters. Bringing together some of the leading researchers in development, the book discusses the theory, growth, and impact of political ecology. In-depth case material drawn from across the developing world is used to explore the realities and impact of sustainability, while emphasizing both the environment and social theory as areas of contention and struggle.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415312356
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/18/2004
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Watts is Director of the Institute of International Studies, University of California at Berkeley.

Richard Peet is Professor of Geography, Clark University, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Renewing political ecology 1
1 Liberating political ecology 3
2 The political ecology of famine : the origins of the Third World 48
3 Invisible forests : the political ecology of forest resurgence in El Salvador 64
Pt. II Discourse and practice 105
4 Environmental discourses on soil degradation in Bolivia : sustainability and the search for socioenvironmental "middle ground" 107
5 Purity and pollution : racial degradation and environmental anxieties 125
6 Eco-governmentality and other transnational practices of a "green" World Bank 166
Pt. III Institutions and governance 193
7 Nature-state-territory : toward a critical theorization of conservation enclosures 195
8 Water, markets, and embedded institutions in Western India 218
9 Transition environments : ecological and social challenges to post-socialist industrial development 244
Pt. IV Conflict and struggle 271
10 Violent Environments : Petroleum Conflict and The political ecology of rule in the Niger Delta, Nigeria 273
11 Gender and class power in agroforestry systems : case studies from Indonesia and West Africa 299
12 Gender conflict in Gambian wetlands 316
Pt. V Movement 337
13 Environment, indigeneity and transnationalism 339
14 From Chipko to Uttaranchal : the environment of protest and development in the Indian Himalaya 371
15 Movements and modernizations, markets and municipalities : indigenous federations in rural Ecuador 394
16 Industrial pollution and social movements in Thailand 422
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