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About this book
This volume offers an integrative perspective on the political and ecological processes shaping landscapes and resource use across the global north and south. Twelve case studies demonstrate how contemporary geographical theories and methods contribute to understanding key environment-and-development issues and working toward effective policies.
Zimmerer, Bassett - Approaching Political Ecology: Society, Nature, and Scale in Human; 1. Protected Areas and Conservation. Young - Balancing Conservation with Development in Marine-Dependent Communities: Is Ecotourism an Empty Promise? Peten, Guatemala, Sundberg - Strategies for Authenticity and Space in the Maya Biosphere Reserve; 2. Urban and Industrial Environments. Pelling - Toward a Political Ecology of Urban Environmental Risk: The Case of Guyana. Swyngedouw - Modernity and the Production of the Spanish Waterscape, 1890; 3. Ecological Analysis and Theory in Resource Management and Conservation. Bassett/Koli -, The Ivorian Savannah: Global Narratives and Local Knowledge of Environmental Change. Zimmerer - Environmental Zonation and Mountain Agriculture in Peru and Bolivia: Socioenvironmental Dynamics of Overlapping Patchworks and Agrobiodiversity Conservation. Turner - Environmental Science and Social Causation in the Analysis of Sahelian Pastoralism; 4. Geospatial Technologies and Knowledges. Robbins, Fixed Categories in a Portable Landscape: The Causes and Consequences of Land Cover Categorization. McCusker/Weiner - GIS Representations of Nature, Political Ecology, and the Study of Land Use and Cover Change in South Africa; 5. North Sluyter - Material-Conceptual Landscape Transformation and the Emergence of the Pristine Myth in Early Colonial Mexico. Neumann - The Production of Nature: Colonial Recasting of African Landscape in Serengeti National Park. Carney - Agroenvironments and Slave Strategies in the Diffusion of Rice Culture to the Americas. Zimmerer/Bassett - Future Directions in Political Ecology: Nature.
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An illuminating and comprehensive volume of case studies in political ecology, edited by two of the field's most distinguished analysts. Addressing issues of politics, landscape, and representation, chapters examine topics ranging from urban waterscapes to mountain agriculture, from GIS and environmental science to ecotourism and slavery. The book provides a tour d'horizon" of political ecology through its foundational discipline, geography. Useful for students, scholars, and practitioners, this will be an indispensible text for all readers interested in the biophysical and social forces that shape land use."--Susanna Hecht, PhD, Department of Urban Planning, UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research
"Zimmerer and Bassett have assembled an important set of classic and newer essays that emphasize the full integration of ecological process into political ecology. All the chapters take seriously the analysis of nature's agency in political ecology, enabling the authors tov