World in Motion: The Globalization and the Environment Reader

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The essays collected in World in Motion: The Globalization and the Environment Reader all address the same issue: the global paradox that modern prosperity has entailed extreme environmental degradation. Gary M. Kroll and Richard H. Robbins present readings covering all principal viewpoints on this matter, from the neoliberal belief that environmental and social problems can be fixed through a growing economy to the critics of globalization, who equate growth with environmental degradation. This book asks an important question: Can we simply accelerate growth under the assumption that increased prosperity and new technologies will allow us to reverse environmental damage? Or do we need to transform our modes of living radically to maintain the health of the world around us?
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Editorial Reviews

Richard Wilk
This reader belongs in every environmental studies classroom. It is an essential guide to the big issues, a key to understanding how our species has transformed the planet, and why that transformation may end up making the earth uninhabitable.
Journal of World History
This anthology will also be quite useful in a global environmental studies or an American environmental studies course seeking to understand and evaluate the impacts of American economic practices and globalization on the rest of the world. The book has a place outside the classroom as well as an effective primer on the number of crises that need to be challenged and some of the strategies for doing so. Specifically, it is definitely accessible to nonacademic readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759110267
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 12/16/2008
  • Series: Globalization and the Environment Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary M. Kroll is associate professor in the History Department of SUNY at Plattsburgh. Richard H. Robbins is University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Anthropology of SUNY at Plattsburgh.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Globalization and the Environment: A Primer Richard H. Robbins Robbins, Richard H. 1

1 The Ecological Footprint 17

Ecological Footprints of Nations, 2005 Update Jason Venetoulis Venetoulis, Jason John Talberth Talberth, John

Pt. I Environments

2 Energy 31

The Anthropology of Oil: The Impact of the Oil Industry on a Fishing Community in the Niger Delta Alicia Fentiman Fentiman, Alicia

3 Water 45

The Water Thieves Jon Luoma Luoma, Jon

South Africa's Driest Season Jon Jeter Jeter, Jon

4 Globalizing the Earth's Crust 57

Behind Gold's Glitter: Torn Lands and Pointed Questions Jane Perlezand Perlezand, Jane Kirk Johnson Johnson, Kirk

5 The Seas around Us 69

The Fate of the Ocean Julia Whitty Whitty, Julia

Pt. II Consuming Culture

6 Consuming the Culture of SUVs 91

Empire's Ecological Tyreprints Matthew Paterson Paterson, Matthew Simon Dalby Dalby, Simon

7 Ecotourism 109

The Obvious Aspects of Ecological Underprivilege in Ankarana, Northern Madagascar Andrew Walsh Walsh, Andrew

8 Technology and the Green Revolutions 131

Pepsico for Peace? The Ecological and Political Risks of the Biotechnology Revolution Vandana Shiva Shiva, Vandana

9 Global Trade of Electronic Waste 155

Where Computers Go to Die - and Kill Elizabeth Grossman Grossman, Elizabeth

Pt. III Global Warming

10 Globalization and the Changing Climate 167

Phaeton's Reins: The Human Eland in Climate Change Kerry Emanuel Emanuel, Kerry

11 The Problem of a Rising Sea-Level 187

All the Disappearing Islands Julia Whitty Whitty, Julia

Pt. IV Politics, Identity, and Justice

12 War and Mobilization 201

The Environmental Consequences of War Jessica Adley Adley,Jessica Andrea Grant Grant, Andrea

13 Environmental Justice and Grassroots Globalization in the Nuclear Pacific 209

The Movement for Environmental Justice in the Pacific Valerie Kuletz Kuletz, Valerie

14 Multinationals, China, and the Environment 225

China, the WTO, and Implications for the Environment Abigail Jahiel Jahiel, Abigail

15 Globalization and the Burden of Critical Theory 247

Ecofeminism and Globalization: A Critical Appraisal Jasmin Sydee Sydee, Jasmin Sharon Beder Beder, Sharon

Endnotes 271

Index 277

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