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

ISBN 9780415643085
Published October 19, 2012 by Routledge
328 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Theoretical Perspectives on Historical Political Ecology  1. Accumulation: Land as a Medium of Domination  2. Techno-Fix: Ecological Rifts and Capital Shifts  3. Empire: The Comparative Study of Imperialism  4. Islands: Ecologically Unequal Exchange and Landesque Capital  5. Guano: The Global Metabolic Rift and the Fertilizer Trade  6. Fleece: Imperial Metabolism in the Pre-Columbian Andes  7. Slaves: Inequality and Sustainable Agriculture in Pre-Colonial West Africa  8. Steam: Nineteenth-Century Mechanization and the Power of Capital  9. Ivory: Socio-ecological Consequences of the East African Ivory Trade  10. Lawns: Botanical Garden Design as Colonial Domination  Part 2: Struggles over Material Resources in the Modern World  11. Footprints: The Division of Nations and Nature  12. Water: Irrigation and Resilience in the Tanzanian Highlands  13. Meat: The New Geopolitics of Food  14. Trees: Conflicts Between Pastoralists, Loggers and Conservationists in the Himalayas  15. Grass: From Local Pastures to Global Energy Markets in Eastern Tanzania  16. Forests: Capital Accumulation, Climate Change, and Crises in Chile and Sweden  17. Jatropha: A Magic Bullet Filled with Oil  18. Atoms: Nuclear Estrangement from Chernobyl to India  19. Safflower: Liberalisation or Participation in a Tanzanian Village  20. Land-Claims: Racialized Environmental Struggles in Latin America  21. Smoke: Cooking, Coughing and Collective Action in Kenya  22. Sugarcane: Agrofuels and Conflicting Land Uses in Brazil

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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