Overview

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 ...

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Political Ecology Across Spaces, Scales, and Social Groups

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Marianne Schmick
Political ecology is a strong and growing interdisciplinary field of inquiry, and this book makes a welcome and unique contribution. Susan Paulson and Lisa Gezon have put together an engaging and well-written collection that is full of fresh ideas and applications related to current theoretical debate, concepts and methods.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813542546
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 11/3/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

1 Place, power, difference : multiscale research at the dawn of the twenty-first century 1
2 Politics, ecologies, genealogies 17
3 The fight for the west : a political ecology of land-use conflicts in Arizona 41
4 Whose water? : political ecology of water reform in Zimbabwe 61
5 The new calculus of Bedouin pastoralism in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia 76
6 Land tenure and biodiversity : an exploration in the political ecology of Murang'a district, Kenya 94
7 The political ecology of consumption : beyond greed and guilt 113
8 Finding the global in the local : environmental struggles in northern Madagascar 135
9 Symbolic action and soil fertility : political ecology and the transformation of space and place in Tonga 154
10 Gendered practices and landscapes in the Andes : the shape of asymmetrical exchanges 174
11 Undermining modernity : protecting landscapes and meanings among the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia 196
12 Shade : throwing light on politics and ecology in contemporary Pakistan 217
13 A global political ecology of bioprospecting 239
14 The emergence of collective ethnic identities and alternative political ecologies in the Colombian Pacific rainforest 257
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