Political Ecology Across Spaces, Scales, and Social Groups

Political Ecology Across Spaces, Scales, and Social Groups

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Environmental issues have become increasingly prominent in local struggles, national debates, and international policies. In response, scholars are paying more attention to conventional politics and to more broadly defined relations of power and difference in the interactions between human groups and their biophysical environments. Such issues are at the heart of the relatively new interdisciplinary field of political ecology, forged at the intersection of political economy and cultural ecology.

This volume provides a toolkit of vital concepts and a set of research models and analytic frameworks for researchers at all levels. The two opening chapters trace rich traditions of thought and practice that inform current approaches to political ecology. They point to the entangled relationship between humans, politics, economies, and environments at the dawn of the twenty-first century and address challenges that scholars face in navigating the blurring boundaries among relevant fields of enquiry.  The twelve case studies that follow demonstrate ways that culture and politics serve to mediate human-environmental relationships in specific ecological and geographical contexts. Taken together, they describe uses of and conflicts over resources including land, water, soil, trees, biodiversity, money, knowledge, and information; they exemplify wide-ranging ecological settings including deserts, coasts, rainforests, high mountains, and modern cities; and they explore sites located around the world, from Canada to Tonga and cyberspace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813542546
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 11/03/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 1 MB

Table of Contents

Place, Power, Difference: Multiscale Research at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century - Lisa L. Gezon and Susan Paulson
Politics, Ecologies, Genealogies - Susan Paulson, Lisa L. Gezon, and Michael Watts
Part I: Policy and Environment
The Fight for the West: A Political Ecology of Land-Use Conflicts in Arizona - Mette J. Brodgen and James B. Greenberg
Whose Water? The Political Ecology of Water Reform in Zimbabwe - Anne Ferguson and William Derman
The New Calculus of Bedouin Pastoralism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Andrew Gardner
Land Tenure and Biodiversity: An Exploration in the Political Ecology of Murang'a District, Kenya - A. Fiona D. Mackenzie
The Political Ecology of Consumption: Beyond Greed and Guilt - Josiah McC. Heyman
Part II: Social Hierarchies in Local-Global Relationships
Finding the Global in the Local: Environmental Struggles in Northern Madagascar - Lisa L. Gezon
Symbolic Action and Soil Fertility: Political Ecology and the Transformation of Space and Place in Tonga - Charles J. Stevens
Gendered Practices and Landscapes in the Andes: The Shape of Asymmetrical Exchanges - Susan Paulson
Undermining Modernity: Protecting Landscapes and Meanings among the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia - Alf Hornborg

Part III: Forest Visions
Shade: Throwing Light on Politics and Ecology in Contemporary Pakistan - Michael R. Dove
A Global Political Ecology of Bioprospecting - Hanne Svarstad
The Emergence of Collective Ethnic Identities and Alternative Political Ecologies in the Colombian Pacific Rainforest - Arturo Escobar and Susan Paulson
Notes on Contributors

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