Political Ecology Across Spaces, Scales, and Social Groups / Edition 1

Political Ecology Across Spaces, Scales, and Social Groups / Edition 1

by Susan Paulson, Lisa L. Gezon, Arturo Escobar, Andrew Gardner
     
 

ISBN-10: 081353478X

ISBN-13: 9780813534787

Pub. Date: 12/01/2004

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Environmental issues have become increasingly prominent in local struggles, national debates, and international policies. In response, scholars are paying more attention to conventional politics and to more broadly defined relations of power and difference in the interactions between human groups and their biophysical environments. Such issues are at the heart of

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Environmental issues have become increasingly prominent in local struggles, national debates, and international policies. In response, scholars are paying more attention to conventional politics and to more broadly defined relations of power and difference in the interactions between human groups and their biophysical environments. Such issues are at the heart of the relatively new interdisciplinary field of political ecology, forged at the intersection of political economy and cultural ecology.

This volume provides a toolkit of vital concepts and a set of research models and analytic frameworks for researchers at all levels. The two opening chapters trace rich traditions of thought and practice that inform current approaches to political ecology. They point to the entangled relationship between humans, politics, economies, and environments at the dawn of the twenty-first century and address challenges that scholars face in navigating the blurring boundaries among relevant fields of enquiry.  The twelve case studies that follow demonstrate ways that culture and politics serve to mediate human-environmental relationships in specific ecological and geographical contexts. Taken together, they describe uses of and conflicts over resources including land, water, soil, trees, biodiversity, money, knowledge, and information; they exemplify wide-ranging ecological settings including deserts, coasts, rainforests, high mountains, and modern cities; and they explore sites located around the world, from Canada to Tonga and cyberspace.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813534787
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

1Place, power, difference : multiscale research at the dawn of the twenty-first century1
2Politics, ecologies, genealogies17
3The fight for the west : a political ecology of land-use conflicts in Arizona41
4Whose water? : political ecology of water reform in Zimbabwe61
5The new calculus of Bedouin pastoralism in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia76
6Land tenure and biodiversity : an exploration in the political ecology of Murang'a district, Kenya94
7The political ecology of consumption : beyond greed and guilt113
8Finding the global in the local : environmental struggles in northern Madagascar135
9Symbolic action and soil fertility : political ecology and the transformation of space and place in Tonga154
10Gendered practices and landscapes in the Andes : the shape of asymmetrical exchanges174
11Undermining modernity : protecting landscapes and meanings among the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia196
12Shade : throwing light on politics and ecology in contemporary Pakistan217
13A global political ecology of bioprospecting239
14The emergence of collective ethnic identities and alternative political ecologies in the Colombian Pacific rainforest257

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