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Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction (Critical Introductions to Geography)

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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.

Book News Annotation:

For students and academics, Robbins (geography and development, U. of Arizona) examines concepts, individuals, research, and arguments in political ecology and the political forces at work in environmental access, management, and transformation. He distinguishes the field from other ecologies and reviews its roots, then describes its historical development, challenges to the field from ecology, the way researchers have considered the environment to be imaginary or constructed, other approaches to nature/society study, and five central research theses, with examples of them: degradation and marginalization, conservation and control, environmental conflict and exclusion, environmental subjects and identity, and political objects and actors. This edition has updated examples; added discussion of emerging traditions such as urban ecology and actor-networks and the research thesis on the political-ecological status of non-humans; a new chapter on land change science and the challenge of causal explanation approaches; and an emphasis on political ecology as an argument or community of practice that examines winners and losers, is narrated using dialectics, begins and ends in a contradiction, and surveys the status of nature and stories about it. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This fully updated new edition introduces the core concepts, central thinkers, and major works of the burgeoning field of political ecology.
  • Explores the key arguments and contemporary explanatory challenges facing the sub-discipline
  • Provides the first full history of the development of political ecology over the last century and its theoretical underpinnings
  • Considers the major challenges facing the field now and for the future
  • Study boxes introduce key figures in the development of the discipline and summarize their most important works
  • Fully updated to include recent events, such as the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, as well as both urban and rural examples, from the developed and underdeveloped world

About the Author

Paul Robbins is Professor and Director of the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. He is the author of numerous publications including World Regions in a Global Context: People, Places, and Environments (with S. Marston, P.Knox, D. Liverman and V. Del Casino, 2010), Environment and Society: A Critical Introduction (with J. Hintz and S. Moore, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), and Global Political Ecology (co-edited with R. Peet and M. Watts, 2011).

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

Product Details

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Critical Introductions to Geography
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Publication Date:
20120207
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Language:
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Pages:
320
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"Synopsis" by , This fully updated new edition introduces the core concepts, central thinkers, and major works of the burgeoning field of political ecology.
  • Explores the key arguments and contemporary explanatory challenges facing the sub-discipline
  • Provides the first full history of the development of political ecology over the last century and its theoretical underpinnings
  • Considers the major challenges facing the field now and for the future
  • Study boxes introduce key figures in the development of the discipline and summarize their most important works
  • Fully updated to include recent events, such as the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, as well as both urban and rural examples, from the developed and underdeveloped world
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