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Grassroots Environmental Governance

Community engagements with industry, 1st Edition

Edited by Leah S. Horowitz, Michael J. Watts


248 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Grassroots movements can pose serious challenges to both governments and corporations. However, grassroots actors possess a variety of motivations, and their visions of development may evolve in complex ways. Meanwhile, their relative powerlessness obliges them to forge an array of shifting alliances and to devise a range of adaptive strategies.

Grassroots Environmental Governance presents a compilation of in-depth ethnographic case studies, based on original research. Each of the chapters focuses specifically on grassroots engagements with the agents of various forms of industrial development. The book is geographically diverse, including analyses of groups based in both the global North and South, and represents a range of disciplinary perspectives. This allows the collection to explore themes that cross-cut specific localities and disciplinary boundaries, and thus to generate important theoretical insights into the complexities of grassroots engagements with industry.

This volume will be of great interest to scholars of environmental activism, environmental governance, and environmental studies in general.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Leah S. Horowitz & Michael J. Watts

Part I: Strategies

2. Mapping ecologies of resistance Leah Temper & Joan Martinez-Alier

3. Red-green alliance-building against Durban’s port-petrochemical complex expansion Patrick Bond

4. Indigenous by association: Legitimation and grassroots engagements with multinational mining in New Caledonia Leah Horowitz

Part II: Relationships

5. Governing from the ground up? Translocal networks and the ambiguous politics of environmental justice in Bolivia Tom Perreault

6. Between sacrifice and compensation: Collective action and the aftermath of oil disaster in Esmeraldas, Ecuador Gabriela Valdivia

7. From contested cotton to the ban on brinjal: India’s shifting risk narratives in opposition to genetically engineered agriculture Julia Freeman, Terre Satterfield, and Milind Kandlikar

Part III: Internal Dynamics

8. Contesting development: Pastoralism, mining and environmental politics in Mongolia Caroline Upton

9. Micropolitics in the Marcellus Shale Eleanor Andrews and James McCarthy

Part IV: Politics

10. Accumulating insecurity and risk along the energy frontier Michael J. Watts

About the Editors

Leah S. Horowitz is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA.

Michael J. Watts is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy