The Meaning of Environmental Security: Ecological Politics and Policy in the New Security Era

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This book is a comprehensive, critical discussion of the new idea of environmental security. Jon Barnett looks at links between environmental degradation and national security. But the meaning of the concept is ambiguous, and an examination of its various interpretations and applications reveals much about the state of global environmental politics. Barnett argues that environmental security is ultimately driven more by the power of security-makers than by the need to address environmental problems. By ...

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Overview

This book is a comprehensive, critical discussion of the new idea of environmental security. Jon Barnett looks at links between environmental degradation and national security. But the meaning of the concept is ambiguous, and an examination of its various interpretations and applications reveals much about the state of global environmental politics. Barnett argues that environmental security is ultimately driven more by the power of security-makers than by the need to address environmental problems. By systematically uncovering the deficiencies of existing discourses, he develops an alternative, critical Green approach with practical implications.

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Editorial Reviews

Wolfgang Sachs
Jon Barnett finally dissects the concept, revealing its baleful impact on our thinking.
Booknews
Barnett (U. of Canterbury, Australia) critically examines the collision of environment and security, in one sense studying global environmental politics, but embedding in his work an awareness of the many interrelated problems of late modernity. He applies Green theory, a radical ecophilosphical perspective embodied in ecofeminism and social ecology that contains a suspicion that modern anthropogenic and utilitarian cosmology is responsible for environmental degradation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856497862
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 4.72 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Barnett is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the MacMillan Brown Center for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
1 Locating Environmental Security 1
2 Environmental Insecurity: Ecological Exacerbations of Underdevelopment 12
3 Security: From What and for Whom? 23
4 New Security Issues: The Old Guard Looks for New Targets 33
5 Environmental Degradation and Conflict: Conscripting the Voice of Dissent 50
6 Policies for Pollution and the Pollution of Policy 71
7 The Biggest of Institutional Challenges: The Military 92
8 Ecological Security: An Alternative Security Strategy 108
9 Environmental Security for People 122
10 Towards Environmental Security 139
Bibliography 161
Index 177
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