Global Political Ecology

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  • Copyright: 2011-02-01
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The world is caught in the mesh of a series of environmental crises. So far attempts at resolving the deep basis of these have been superficial and disorganized. Global Political Ecology links the political economy of global capitalism with the political ecology of a series of environmental disasters and failed attempts at environmental policies.This critical volume draws together contributions from twenty-five leading intellectuals in the field. It begins with an introductory chapter that introduces the readers to political ecology and summarizes the books main findings. The following seven sections cover topics on the political ecology of war and the disaster state; fuelling capitalism: energy scarcity and abundance; global governance of health, bodies, and genomics; the contradictions of global food; capital's marginal product: effluents, waste, and garbage; water as a commodity, human right, and power; the functions and dysfunctions of the global green economy; political ecology of the global climate and carbon emissions.This book contains accounts of the main currents of thought in each area that brings the topics completely up-to-date. The individual chapters contain a theoretical introduction linking in with the main themes of political ecology, as well as empirical information and case material. Global Political Ecology serves as a valuable reference for students interested in political ecology, environmental justice, and geography.

Author Biography

Richard Peet is Professor of Geography at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. Paul Robbins is Professor and Director of the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. Michael J. Watts is Professor of Geography, and Co-Director of Development Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. viii
List of tablesp. ix
List of imagesp. x
Notes on contributorsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Global naturep. 1
Food, health, and the body: political ecology of sustainabilityp. 49
Excess consumption or over-production?: US farm policy global warming, and the bizarre attribution of obesityp. 51
Killing for profit: global livestock industries and their socio-ecological implicationsp. 67
˘Modern÷ industrial fisheries and the crisis of overfishingp. 84
When people come first: beyond technical and theoretical quick-fixes in global healthp. 100
Capital's margins: the political ecology of the slum worldp. 131
Global garbage: waste, trash trading, and local garbage politicsp. 133
Green evictions: environmental discourses of a ˘slum-free÷ Delhip. 145
Risk, certification, and the audit economy: political ecology of environmental governancep. 167
The politics of certification: consumer knowledge, power, and global governance in ecolabelingp. 169
Climate change and the risk industry: the multiplication of fear and valuep. 185
Carbon colonialism? Offsets, greenhouse gas reductions, and sustainable developmentp. 203
War, militarism, and insurgency: political ecology of securityp. 225
The natures of the beast: on the new uses of the honeybeep. 227
Taking the jungle out of the forest: counter-insurgency and the making of national naturesp. 254
Mutant ecologies: radioactive life in post-Cold War New Mexicop. 285
Fuelling capitalism: energy scarcity and abundancep. 305
Past peak oil: political economy of energy crisesp. 307
The geopolitics of energy security and the war on terror: the case for market expansion and the militarization of global spacep. 325
Blue ecology: the political ecology of waterp. 345
Commons versus commodities: political ecologies of water privatizationp. 347
The social construction of scarcity: the case of water in western Indiap. 371
Biopolitics and political ecology: genes, transgenes, and genomicsp. 387
Governing disorder: biopolitics and the molecularization of lifep. 389
Transnational transgenes: the political ecology of maize in Mexicop. 412
Indexp. 431
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