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The Routledge Handbook of Development and Environment

ISBN 9781138325661
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
460 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The handbook seeks to illuminate the key concepts in the study of development-environment through showcasing some of the Majoritarian (formerly "Developing") world’s scholars in order to explore theoretical connections through critical/radical theory, “small” theory, various conceptual frameworks, and non-Western and subaltern viewpoints.

The volume examines the themes around the study of the relationship between economic and social development and the environment. Part 1 covers theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of development and environment by examining the diverse ways in which people perceive, understand, and act upon the world around them. Cross-scalar topics such as neo-liberalism and globalization, human rights, climate change, sustainability, and technology are covered in Part 2. The book shifts to examinations of resources and production in Part 3, where authors with a focus on one or more environmental resources or types of economic production are presented. Topics range from water, agriculture, and food, to energy, bioeconomy, and mining. The fourth section presents chapters where people are at the center of the development-environment nexus through topics such as gender relations, children, health, and cities. Finally, policy and governance of development and environment are explored in Part 5. The section includes both academics and practitioners who have worked with policy makers and are policy makers themselves. 

The book is primarily intended for scholars and graduate students in geography, environmental studies, and development studies for whom it will provide an invaluable and up-to-date guide to current thinking across the range of disciplines, which converge in the study of development and environment.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Development and Environment in the 2020s

Brent McCusker, Waquar Ahmed, Maano Ramutsindela, and Patricia Solís

Part 1: Theoretical Approaches and Syntheses

2. Defining and Transgressing Boundaries in Development and Environment Contexts

Margaret Hinrichs and Patricia Solís

3. Framing Development through Environmentalism

Maano Ramutsindela

4. The Financialization of Nature

Jayson J Funke

5.Colonialism/post-colonialism nexus: an oxymoron of coloniality and globality

Johannes Tsheola

6. Ecosocialism: Historical Roots and Current Movements

Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro

Part 2: Global Development, Environment, and Resources

7. Food, digital life, and new environment-development dynamics

Alistair Fraser

8. Historic –Dialectical Aspect of Environment and Development: An Analysis

Anand Prasad Mishra

9. Nila nunanico, the threat to our lands

Ana Sofia Solano Acuña

10. Is This Land Made for You and Me

Richard Furtick and Waquar Ahmed

11. Contesting Invisibility of Immigrant Detention Landscapes in Texas

Alicia Danze, Rebecca Maria Torres, and Caroline Faria

12. Smallholder farmers’ lived experiences of weather perturbation in Malawi

Park Muhonda

13. Terra sacer: water infrastructure and core-periphery reconfiguration in Dallas/Fort Worth

James-Eric Simon and Waquar Ahmed

14. Sustainable Development: Quo Vadis Africa

Sagie Narsiah

15. Contrasting Climate Change Knowledges in Colombia

C. Nancy Aguirre

16. Spaces of Environmental (In)Justice and Accumulation by Dispossession in India


17. No Lifeboats Available: Hurricane Harvey and Emergency Management

Samantha Espinoza-Villejo

Part 3: People and Communities

18. Challenges of the Anthropocene for protected areas and conservation in Costa Rica

Carlos Morera Beita, Daniel Avendaño Leadem, and Luis Fernando Sandoval Murillo

19.  Archaeology and Tourism at Mesa Verde National Park: An Environmental Justice Heritage

Steve Wolverton, Robert Melchior Figueroa, C. Melinda Levin, and Porter Swentzell

20. Communities and conservation: Between two models of development

Luis Sánchez-Ayala and Alexandra Areiza-Tapias

21. Circumscribing local development: the role of community-based conservation in Tanzania

Christine Noe and Asubisye Mwamfupe

22. Understanding the relationship among gender, space and the environment: the case of Waorani Women in Gareno, Ecuador

Ana Gómez Donoso and Paula Soto Villagrán

23. Upgrading the Shock Theory: Female Resilience in Reconstructing Puerto Rico After Hurricanes Irma and María

Carlos Jorge Guilbe López

24. Gendered access to wetland gardens (dimba) in northern Malawi

Rhoda Nyirenda

25.The dialectic of places

Jean-Marie Théodat

26. From Species life to Nature’s outside: New Town ‘Green City,’ Kolkata

Ipsita Chatterjee

Part 4: Policy and Governance

27. Diaspora Within: Territoriality, Nationality and Justice for the Indigenous community in India

Bikramaditya K Choudhary

28. Rationalities of Government and Webs of Relations(hips) in the Funding and Implementation of Sea Defense Systems in the Volta River Delta of Ghana

Kwame N. Owusu-Daaku

29. Political ecology and policy: A case study in engagement

Brent McCusker

30. Spatial Policymaking: Using large, public datasets to illustrate spatial patterns of human vulnerability in Niger.

Tim Essam, Brent McCusker, and Jamison Conley

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Brent McCusker is Professor of Geography and Department Chairperson in the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University, USA. He has published extensively on land use and livelihoods systems in sub-Saharan Africa. He also works with USAID on livelihood vulnerability analysis and mapping across a range of countries in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia.

Waquar Ahmed, a graduate of Clark University (Ph.D.) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (M. Phil.), is an associate professor of geography at the University of North Texas. He is the editor of the radical journal Human Geography. His research interests are in Capitalism, development-underdevelopment, state theory, foreign direct investments and social movements. His research has been published in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Antipode, Human Geography, ACME and several other journals and edited books.

Maano Ramutsindela is Professor in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He has conducted research in Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, and Tanzania focusing on transfrontier conservation, land, and regions.

Patricia Solís is Associate Research Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University, USA. She is the executive director of the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience at Arizona State University, an interdisciplinary effort to link multi-sector community needs with research innovations around resilience.