About this book
The human-environment relationship, often contentious yet very closely intertwined, is one of the most pressing concerns of the twenty first century. Bringing together a range of case studies from both global North and South to illustrate the broad range of current theories on this relationship, this book presents significant cutting-edge research into the continuing (re)definition of political ecology as it relates to environmental contestation. In particular, it examines how various theoretical approaches shape environmental conflicts, how policies and technologies empower and encourage political and ecological outcomes. Covering issues such as mining regulation, climate change, water resource struggles, human displacement, genetic engineering and mapping technologies at a wide range of scales, this edited volume provides a broader, critical understanding of the theoretical frameworks and policies underlying resource and environmental conflicts.
Introduction: contentious geographies; Environmental knowledge, meaning, scale, Michael Goodman, Max Boykoff and Kyle Evered; Section 1 Translating Contentious Environmental Knowledge and Science: The contentious world of Jared Diamond's Collapse, Tim Forsyth; Fight semantic drift!? Mass media coverage of anthropogenic climate change, Max Boykoff; Whose scarcity? The hydrosocial cycle and the changing waterscape of La Ligua river basin, Chile, Jessica Budds.; Section 2 Conflicting and Shifting Environmental Knowledges, Livelihoods, and Power: 'Environmentality' in Rajasthan's groundwater sector: divergent environmental knowledges and subjectivities, Trevor Birkenholtz; Discursive spearpoints: contentious interventions in Amazonian indigenous environments, Logan Hennessy.; Section 3 Environmental Movements: Contested (re)scaling of knowledges, Problems and narratives: confronting invisibility: reconstructing scale in California's pesticide drift conflict, Jill Harrison; Scale and narrative in the struggle for environment and livelihood in Vieques, Puerto Rico, Karen Schmelzkopf; Making local places GE-free in California's contentious geographies of genetic pollution and coexistence, Dustin Mulvaney.; Section 4 Contested Production of Environmental Science, Law, and Knowledge: Regional power and the power of the region: resisting dam removal in the Pacific Northwest, Eve Vogel; Law of regions: mining legislation and the construction of east and West, Johanna Haas.; Section 5 Fraught Spatial Technologies and Knowledge Construction: Mapping boundaries, shifting power: the socio-ethical dimensions of participatory mapping, Jefferson Fox, Krisnawati Suryanata and Albertus Hadi Pramono; Competing and conflicting social constructions of 'land' in South Africa: the case of and implications for land reform, Brent McCusker; Index.
Dr Michael Goodman is a lecturer in Geography at King's College London, UK, Dr Maxwell Boykoff, is a researcher at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, UK and Dr Kyle Evered, is an assistant professor in Geography at Michigan State University, USA.