Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction / Edition 1

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This fully updated new edition introduces the core concepts, central thinkers, and major works of the burgeoning field of political ecology.

  • Explores the key arguments and contemporary explanatory challenges facing the sub-discipline
  • Provides the first full history of the development of political ecology over the last century and its theoretical underpinnings
  • Considers the major challenges facing the field now and for the future
  • Study boxes introduce key figures in the development of the discipline and summarize their most important works
  • Fully updated to include recent events, such as the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, as well as both urban and rural examples, from the developed and underdeveloped world
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Editorial Reviews

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“There is nothing like it, an excellent and accessible volume that will take over as ‘the’ textbook on political ecology.” Susanna Hecht, University of California, Los Angeles

“Above all a teaching text, but with an argument and written with great style and verve.” Tony Bebbington, University of Manchester

"This is an excellent, refreshing text ... it should be seen as a set text on all ecology courses and deserves the widest readership." Paul Ganderton, Teaching Ecology Group

"Although I am somewhat skeptical of textbooks, particularly as a way of teaching theory, this book is rich enough to make me want to design a class around it." Enviroment and Planning

"This book is written in a clear, accessible language to scholars. [T]he features of the book coalesce to form a text that is entertaining and which provides a rigorous synthesis of the achievements and shortcomings of political ecology to date. In my view this book is essential reading for any person professing to be an academic geographer of any sort." South African Geographical Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405102667
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/21/2007
  • Series: Critical Introductions to Geography Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Robbins is Professor and Director of the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. He is the author of numerous publications including World Regions in a Global Context: People, Places, and Environments (with S. Marston, P.Knox, D. Liverman and V. Del Casino, 2010), Environment and Society: A Critical Introduction (with J. Hintz and S. Moore, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), and Global Political Ecology (co-edited with R. Peet and M. Watts, 2011).

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Table of Contents

Pt. I What is political ecology? 1
1) The hatchet and the seed 3
2) A tree with deep roots 17
3) The critical tools 41
4) A field crystallizes 71
Pt. II Conceptual and methodological challenges 85
5) Destruction of nature : human impact and environmental degradation 87
6) Construction of nature : environmental knowledges and imaginaries 107
Pt. III Political ecology now 127
7) Degradation and marginalization 129
8) Conservation and control 147
9) Environmental conflict 172
10) Environmental identity and social movement 187
Pt. IV Where to now? 203
11) Where to now? 205
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