Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction / Edition 1

Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction / Edition 1

by Paul Robbins
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Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction / Edition 1

Political ecology is a field that seeks to make sustainable outcomes more possible and imaginable, but also to critique and undermine the foundations of environmental injustice and destruction - from the wetland shores of the Gulf of Mexico and the forests of India to the slums of Tijuana and the suburbs of Arizona.

Written in clear and straightforward language and fully updated in the light of recent events, this new edition of Political Ecology presents the core concepts, central thinkers, and key works of a fast-growing and highly eclectic field. Using urban and rural examples from both the developed and underdeveloped world, the book provides the first full history of the development of political ecology over the last century and considers the major challenges facing the field now and for the future.

With study boxes, a range of illustrations, and new material throughout, this second edition argues that this urgent field, though chaotically diverse, is unified by a loose community of practice and by a certain kind of text, writing, and argument.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405102667
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/21/2007
Series: Critical Introductions to Geography Series
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition vii

Introduction 1

Part I What is Political Ecology? 9

1 Political versus Apolitical Ecologies 11

2 A Tree with Deep Roots 25

3 The Critical Tools 49

4 Political Ecology Emerges 82

Part II Conceptual and Methodological Challenges 101

5 Challenges in Ecology 103

6 Challenges in Social Construction 122

7 Challenges in Explanation 143

Part III Political Ecology Now 155

8 Degradation and Marginalization 157

9 Conservation and Control 176

10 Environmental Confl ict 199

11 Environmental Subjects and Identities 215

12 Political Objects and Actors 231

Part IV Where to Now? 245

13 Beyond Political Ecology? 247

References 254

Index 277

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