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Ecology and Power Struggles over Land and Material Resources in the Past, Present and Future

Edited By Alf Hornborg, Brett Clark, Kenneth Hermele Copyright 2012
    328 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    328 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Power and social inequality shape patterns of land use and resource management. This book explores this relationship from different perspectives, illuminating the complexity of interactions between human societies and nature. Most of the contributors use the perspective of "political ecology" as a point of departure, recognizing that human relations to the environment and human social relations are not separate phenomena but inextricably intertwined. What makes this volume unique is that it sets this approach in a trans-disciplinary, global, and historical framework.

    Part 1: Theoretical Perspectives on Historical Political Ecology  1. Accumulation: Land as a Medium of Domination Alf Hornborg  2. Techno-Fix: Ecological Rifts and Capital Shifts Brett Clark and Richard York  3. Empire: The Comparative Study of Imperialism Janken Myrdal  4. Islands: Ecologically Unequal Exchange and Landesque Capital Eric Clark and Huei-Min Tsai  5. Guano: The Global Metabolic Rift and the Fertilizer Trade Brett Clark and John Bellamy Foster  6. Fleece: Imperial Metabolism in the Pre-Columbian Andes Ragnheiður Bogadóttir  7. Slaves: Inequality and Sustainable Agriculture in Pre-Colonial West Africa Mats Widgren  8. Steam: Nineteenth-Century Mechanization and the Power of Capital Andreas Malm  9. Ivory: Socio-ecological Consequences of the East African Ivory Trade N. Thomas Håkansson  10. Lawns: Botanical Garden Design as Colonial Domination Mats Mogren  Part 2: Struggles over Material Resources in the Modern World  11. Footprints: The Division of Nations and Nature Andrew K. Jorgenson and Brett Clark  12. Water: Irrigation and Resilience in the Tanzanian Highlands Michael J. Sheridan  13. Meat: The New Geopolitics of Food Ulf Jonsson  14. Trees: Conflicts Between Pastoralists, Loggers and Conservationists in the Himalayas Pernille Gooch  15. Grass: From Local Pastures to Global Energy Markets in Eastern Tanzania Gunilla A. Olsson and Lennart Bångens  16. Forests: Capital Accumulation, Climate Change, and Crises in Chile and Sweden Cristián Alarcón Ferrari  17. Jatropha: A Magic Bullet Filled with Oil Marie Widengård  18. Atoms: Nuclear Estrangement from Chernobyl to India Bengt G. Karlsson  19. Safflower: Liberalisation or Participation in a Tanzanian Village Wilhelm Östberg  20. Land-Claims: Racialized Environmental Struggles in Latin America Susan Paulson  21. Smoke: Cooking, Coughing and Collective Action in Kenya Anne Jerneck and Lennart Olsson  22. Sugarcane: Agrofuels and Conflicting Land Uses in Brazil Kenneth Hermele


    Alf Hornborg is Professor in the Human Ecology Division at Lund University, Sweden

    Brett Clark is Assistant Professor of Sociology at North Carolina State University, USA

    Kenneth Hermele is a PhD candidate in the Human Ecology Division at Lund University, Sweden