Reimagining Political Ecology

Reimagining Political Ecology

by Aletta Biersack
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822336723

ISBN-13: 9780822336723

Pub. Date: 11/22/2006

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Reimagining Political Ecology is a state-of-the-art collection of ethnographies grounded in political ecology. When political ecology first emerged as a distinct field in the early 1970s, it was rooted in the neo-Marxism of world system theory. This collection showcases second-generation political ecology, which retains the Marxist interest in capitalism as

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Reimagining Political Ecology is a state-of-the-art collection of ethnographies grounded in political ecology. When political ecology first emerged as a distinct field in the early 1970s, it was rooted in the neo-Marxism of world system theory. This collection showcases second-generation political ecology, which retains the Marxist interest in capitalism as a global structure but which is also heavily influenced by poststructuralism, feminism, practice theory, and cultural studies. As these essays illustrate, contemporary political ecology moves beyond binary thinking, focusing instead on the interchanges between nature and culture, the symbolic and the material, and the local and the global.

Aletta Biersack’s introduction takes stock of where political ecology has been, assesses the field’s strengths, and sets forth a bold research agenda for the future. Two essays offer wide-ranging critiques of modernist ecology, with its artificial dichotomy between nature and culture, faith in the scientific management of nature, and related tendency to dismiss local knowledge. The remaining eight essays are case studies of particular constructions and appropriations of nature and the complex politics that come into play regionally, nationally, and internationally when nature is brought within the human sphere. Written by some of the leading thinkers in environmental anthropology, these rich ethnographies are based in locales around the world: in Belize, Papua New Guinea, the Gulf of California, Iceland, Finland, the Peruvian Amazon, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Collectively, they demonstrate that political ecology speaks to concerns shared by geographers, sociologists, political scientists, historians, and anthropologists alike. And they model the kind of work that this volume identifies as the future of political ecology: place-based “ethnographies of nature” keenly attuned to the conjunctural effects of globalization.

Contributors. Eeva Berglund, Aletta Biersack, J. Peter Brosius, Michael R. Dove, James B. Greenberg, Søren Hvalkof, J. Stephen Lansing, Gísli Pálsson, Joel Robbins, Vernon L. Scarborough, John W. Schoenfelder, Richard Wilk

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822336723
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
11/22/2006
Series:
New Ecologies for the Twenty-First Century
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

About the Series....................xi
INTRODUCTION....................3
BEYOND MODERNIST ECOLOGIES....................43
Equilibrium Theory and Interdisciplinary Borrowing: A Comparison of Old and New Ecological Anthropologies Michael R. Dove....................70
CONSTRUCTING AND APPROPRIATING NATURE....................97
Ecopolitics through Ethnography: The Cultures of Finland's Forest-Nature Eeva Berglund....................121
The Political Ecology of Fisheries in the Upper Gulf of California James B. Greenberg....................149
"But the Young Men Don't Want to Farm Any More": Political Ecology and Consumer Culture in Belize Richard Wilk....................171
ETHNOGRAPHIES OF NATURE....................195
Progress of the Victims: Political Ecology in the Peruvian Amazon Søren Hvalkof....................233
Red River, Green War: The Politics of Place along the Porgera River Aletta Biersack....................281
BETWEEN NATURE AND CULTURE....................325
Rappaport's Rose: Structure, Agency, and Historical Contingency in Ecological Anthropology J. Stephen Lansing, John Schoenfelder, and Vernon Scarborough....................359
Works Cited....................407
Contributors....................409

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