Political Ecology A Critical Introduction

ISBN-10: 1405102667

ISBN-13: 9781405102667

Edition: 2004

Authors: Paul Robbins

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This text presents a critical survey of the burgeoning field of political ecology, an interdisciplinary area of research which connects politics and economy to problems of environmental control and ecological change. Written to be accessible to students at all levels and from different disciplines, it provides an entertaining and rigorous synthesis of the achievements and shortcomings of the field to date. The book is divided into four sections: the history and emergence of political ecology over the last century; the conceptual and methodological challenges facing political ecologists; the major questions that political ecology has addressed and, to varying degrees, answered; and the major challenges that face the field now and for the future. Throughout, the author uses case examples to explore abstract, theoretical issues in a down-to-earth way. He also draws on real life details from his own experience, in order to offer a personal glimpse into political ecology research.
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List price: $51.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/9/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Paul Robbins is professor of Geography at the University of Arizona and is known for his interdisciplinary views of how geography interrelates with other disciplines. He has written and edited several books including the best selling textbook "Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction" (Blackwell 2004) and the recent "Lawn People: How Grasses Weeds and Chemicals Make Us Who We Are" (Temple University Press 2007).

The Goals of the Text
The Rest of the Book
Many Acknowledgments
What is Political Ecology?
The Hatchet and the Seed:What is Political Ecology?
Challenging Apolitical Ecologies
Ecoscarcity and the Limits to Growth
Other Apolitical Ecologies: Diffusion, Valuation, and Modernization
Common assumptions and modes of explanation
The Hatchet: Political Ecology as Critique
The Seed: Political Ecology as Equity and Sustainability Research
The Dominant Narratives of Political EcologyBig Questions and Theses
The Degradation and Marginalization Thesis
The Environmental Conflict Thesis
The Conservation and Control Thesis
The Environmental Agency and Social Movement Thesis
The Target of Explanation
A Tree with Deep Roots:The Determinist Context
A Political Ecological Alternative
The Building Blocks
Critical Approaches in Early Human/Environment Research
Continental Critique: Humboldt, Reclus, Wallace, and Sommerville
Critical Environmental Pragmatism
From Sewer Socialism to Mitigating Floods: Hazards Research
The Nature of Society: Cultural Ecology
Historicism, Landscape, and Culture: Carl Sauer
Julian Steward: A Positivist Alternative
System, Function, and Human Life: Mature Cultural Ecology
Beyond Land and Water: The Boundaries of Cultural Ecology
The Limits of Progressive Contextualization
Taking the Plunge
The Critical Tools:Common Property Theory
Green Materialism
Materialist History
The Case of Oriental Despotism
Dependency, Accumulation, and Degradation
Lessons from Materialism: Broadly Defined Political Economy
The Producer is the Agent of History: Peasant Studies
Chayanov and the Rational Producer
Scott and the Moral Economy
Gramsci and Peasant Power
Breaking Open the Household: Feminist Development Studies
Critical Environmental History
Whose History & Science? Postcolonial Studies and Power/Knowledge
Critical Science, Deconstruction, and Ethics
Political Ecology Emergent
A Field Crystallizes:Chains of Explanation
Peanuts and Poverty in Niger
The "Silent Violence " of Famine in Nigeria
Broadly Defined Political Economy
Struggle in Cote D 'Ivoire 's Fields and Pastures25 Years Later
Conceptual and Methodological Challenges
Destruction of Nature - Human Impact and Environmental Degradation:The Focus on Human Impact
Defining and Measuring Degradation
Loss of Natural Productivity
Loss of Biodiversity
Loss of Usefulness
Socio-Environmental Destruction: Creating or Shifting Risk Ecology
Limits of Land Degradation: Variability, Disturbance, and Recovery
What Baseline? Non-Human Disturbance and Variability of Ecological Systems
What Impact? Variable Response to Disturbance
Can We Go Back? Variable Recovery from Disturbance
Methodological Imperatives in Political Analysis of Environmental Destruction
Construction of Nature: Environmental Knowledges and Imaginaries
Why Bother to Argue That Nature (or Forests or Land Degradation ...) is Constructed?
Choosing Targets for Political Ecological Constructivism
Three Debates and Motivations
Hard and Soft Constructivism"Radical " Constructivism"Soft " Constructivism
Constructivist Claims in Political Ecology"Barstool " Biologists and "Hysterical " Housewives
The Peculiar Case of Local Environmental Knowledge
Eliciting Environmental Construction
Talk and Text: Construction in Discourse
Categories and Taxonomies
Spatial Knowledge and Construction
Narratives of Ecological Process and Change
Genealogies of Representation: Environmental History
Methodological Issues in Political Analysis of Environmental Construction
Political Ecology Now
Degradation and Marginalization:The Argument
Degradation and Reversibility
Accumulation and Declining Margins
The Evidence
Amazonian Deforestation
Contract Agriculture in the Caribbean
Evaluating the Thesis
Research Example: Common Property Disorders in Rajasthan
Eliciting Rules of Use
Recording Environmental Practices and Response to Authority
Determining Ecological Outcomes
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