The International Handbook of Political Ecology

The International Handbook of Political Ecology

by Raymond L. Bryant (Editor)


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The International Handbook of Political Ecology features chapters by leading scholars from around the world in a unique collection exploring the multi-disciplinary field of political ecology. This landmark volume canvasses key developments, topics, issues, debates and concepts showcasing how political ecologists today address pressing social and environmental concerns.

Introductory chapters provide an overview of political ecology and the Handbook. Remaining chapters examine five broad themes: issues and approaches; governance and power; knowledge and discourse; method and scale; and connections and transformations. The authors focus on an intrinsically international endeavour, considering both the topic and source of research, and integrate the approaches, debates, concepts and methods that define the field internationally. A combination of general reflection and case study research demonstrates both political ecology’s place in wider social science debates and trends, as well as how its concerns relate to diverse empirical problems and settings.

Across diverse topics and perspectives, these chapters amount to a wide-ranging survey of current research, making the International Handbook an indispensable reference for scholars and students in political ecology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786438430
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 02/17/2016
Pages: 720
Product dimensions: 6.62(w) x 9.62(h) x (d)

About the Author

Edited by Raymond L. Bryant, King’s College London, UK

Table of Contents



1. Political Ecology: Handbook Topics and Themes

Raymond L. Bryant

2. Reflecting on Political Ecology

Raymond L. Bryant


3. Doing Political Ecology Inside and Outside the Academy

Simon Batterbury

4. Encountering Political Ecology: Epistemology and Emancipation

Enrique Leff

5. Connecting Political Ecology and French Geography: On Tropicality and Radical Thought

Denis Gautier and Baptiste Hautdidier

6. Roots, Rhizomes, Networks and Territories: Reimagining Pattern and Power in Political Ecologies

Dianne Rocheleau

7. A Time for Gramsci

Alex Loftus

8. Integrating Science and Politics in Political Ecology

Tim Forsyth

9. Postcoloniality and the North-South Binary Revisited: The Case of India’s Climate Politics

Shangrila Joshi

10. Depoliticized Environments and the Promises of the Anthropocene

Erik Swyngedouw


11. Mining in Latin America: Coloniality and Degradation

Héctor Alimonda

12. Political Forests

Peter Vandergeest and Nancy Lee Peluso

13. Resources, Wars and Violence

Philippe Le Billon

14. Benefit Sharing in Environmental Governance: Beyond Hydropower in the Mekong River Basin

Seungho Lee

15. Gender, Group Behaviour and Community Forestry in South Asia

Bina Agarwal

16. Political Ecologies of Religious Pilgrimage

Shanti Nair

17. Governing People in De-Populated Areas

Raymond L. Bryant, Ángel Paniagua and Thanasis Kizos

18. Political Participation and Environmental Movements in China

Lei Xie

19. Understanding Fukushima: Nuclear Impacts, Risk Perceptions and Organic Farming in Feminist Political Ecology Perspective

Aya H. Kimura

20. Mind the Gap: Global Truths, Local Complexities in Emergent Green Initiatives

Adeniyi Asiyanbi


21. Disaster, Degradation, Dystopia

C. Anne Claus, Sarah Osterhoudt, Lauren Baker, Luisa Cortesi, Chris Hebdon, Amy Zhang and Michael R. Dove

22. Contesting Hunger Discourses

Lucy Jarosz

23. Green Governmentality

Ting-Jieh Wang

24. Whose Good Living? Post Neo-Liberalism, The Green State and Subverted Alternatives to Development in Ecuador

Elizabeth Bravo and Melissa Moreano

25. Assessing South Korea’s Green Growth Strategy

Sanghun Lee

26. Naturetm Inc.: Nature as Neoliberal Capitalist Imaginary

Robert Fletcher, Wolfram Dressler and Bram Büscher

27. The Cultural Politics of Waterscapes

Amitangshu Acharya

28. Greening The Job: Trade Unions, Climate Change and the Political Ecology of Labour

Stefania Barca

29. Eco-Cities and the Promise of Socio-Environmental Justice

Harvey Neo and C.P. Pow


30. Useful Outsiders: Building Environmental Policy Reform Dossiers

Piers Blaikie and Joshua Muldavin

31. Neoliberalism, Scientism and Earth Systems Governance

Ariel Salleh

32. From 'Participation' to 'Negotiation': Suppressing Dissent in Environmental Conflict Resolution in Brazil

Andréa Zhouri

33. The Political Ecology of Colonias on the US-Mexico Border: Ethnography for Hidden and Hard-to-reach Communities

Guillermina Gina Núñez

34. Political Ecology of Scale

Roderick P. Neumann

35. The Political Ecology of Weeds: A Scalar Approach to Landscape Transformations

Christian A. Kull and Haripriya Rangan

36. Bordering and Scalar Thickening in Nature Conservation

Maano Ramutsindela and Christine Noe

37. The Best of Many Worlds: Methodological Pluralism in Political Ecology

Amity Doolittle

38. Integrating Politics and Ecology through Mixed Methods

Matthew D. Turner


39. Globalising French Écologie Politique: A Political Necessity

Denis Chartier and Estienne Rodary

40. Jahát Jatítotòdom: Toward an Indigenous Political Ecology

Beth Rose Middleton

41. From Ecological Modernization to Socially Sustainable Economic Degrowth: Lessons from Ecological Economics

Hali Healy, Joan Martinez-Alier and Giorgos Kallis

42. Urban Political Ecology ‘Beyond the West’: Engaging with South Asian Urban Studies

Anna Zimmer

43. Towards a Lusophone Political Ecology: Assessing ‘Para Inglês Ver’ Environments

Tiago Ávila Martins Freitas and Augusto Cesar Salomão Mozine

44. Political Ecology in and of China

Emily T. Yeh

45. Emotional Political Ecology

Farhana Sultana

46. Thermodynamics Revisited: The Political Ecology of Energy Systems in Historical Perspective

Gustav Cederlöf

47. Political Ecology of the Body: A Visceral Approach

Allison and Jessica Hayes-Conroy


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