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The Routledge Handbook of Political Ecology

ISBN 9781138794337
Published June 23, 2015 by Routledge
668 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Political Ecology presents a comprehensive and authoritative examination of the rapidly growing field of political ecology. Located at the intersection of geography, anthropology, sociology, and environmental history, political ecology is one of the most vibrant and conceptually diverse fields of inquiry into nature–society relations within the social sciences. With contributions from over 50 leading scholars, the Handbook presents a systematic overview of political ecology’s origins, practices, and core concerns, and aims to advance both ongoing and emerging debates. While there are numerous edited volumes, textbooks, and monographs under the heading “political ecology” these have tended to be either collections of empirically based (mostly case study) research on a given theme, or broad overviews of the field aimed at undergraduate audiences. The Routledge Handbook of Political Ecology is the first systematic, comprehensive overview of the field. With authors from North and South America, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere, the Handbook provides a state-of-the-art examination of political ecology; addresses ongoing and emerging debates in this rapidly evolving field; and charts new agendas for research, policy, and activism.
The Handbook opens with several chapters that critically reflect on political ecology and situate it within the broader scope of nature–society scholarship. These are followed by a section on the practice of political ecology: ethics, methods, activism, and policy. The remainder of the book comprises five sub-sections that examine fundamental concepts at the heart of political ecology: environmental knowledge, environmental change, environmental governance, environmental identities, and environmental politics.
The Routledge Handbook of Political Ecology introduces political ecology as an interdisciplinary academic field. It will serve as an excellent resource for graduate and advanced undergraduate teaching, and as a key reference text for geographers, anthropologists, sociologists, environmental historians, and others working in and around the fields of political ecology, environmental politics, and the political economy of environmental change.

Table of Contents


Editors' introduction

Introductory overview: The Origins of Political Ecology Michael Watts


Activist political ecology Ben Wisner

Reflections on non-Anglophone political ecology Enrique Leff

French research traditions on peasant agriculture Denis Gautier & Christian Kull

Political ecology as trickster Paul Robbins

The end of critique? Bruce Braun


Ethics and Entanglement Juanita Sundberg

Ethics in research beyond the human Rosemary-Claire Collard

Relationship and Research Methods Abby Neely & Thoko Nguse

Methods in Environmental Science Karl Zimmerer

Activism and Direct Action Politics Nik Heynen & Levi Van Sant

Political ecology as praxis Alex Loftus

Political ecology and policy Brent McCusker

Policy Networks and Moments of Government Tony Bebbington


A: Environmental Knowledge

Political ecology and Actor-Network Theory Rebecca Lave

Promises of Participation in Science and Political Ecology David Demeritt

Indigenous/local environmental knowledge Leah Horowitz

Participatory Mapping Joe Bryan

Historical approaches Diana Davis

B: Environmental Change

Capitalist production of socio-natures Noel Castree

Risk, hazards and vulnerability Jim Wescoat

Climate change and environmental transformation Diana Liverman

Environment and development: Reflections from Latin America Astrid Ulloa

Livelihoods and social reproduction Ed Carr

Political Ecologies of Disease and Health Brian King

Environmental degradation and Marginalization Tor Benjaminsen

Industrialization and environmental change Stefania Barca

International trade, development and environment Alf Hornborg

C: Environmental Governance

Nature conservation Rod Neumann

International Agri-food systems Derek Hall

Certification regimes Tad Muttersbaugh

Property and commodification Scott Prudham

Neoliberalization of nature Karen Bakker

Political ecology and state theory Morgan Robertson

Eco-governmentality Gabriela Valdivia

Energy and resources Matt Huber

Biosecurity Celia Lowe

Scales and polities Nathan Sayre

D: Environmental Identities

Gender/feminist political ecology 2 Rebecca Elmhirst

Indigeneity Emily Yeh & Joe Bryan

Class formation and nature Michael Ekers

Nature, difference and the body Julie Guthman & Becky Mansfield

E: Environmental Politics

Social Movements Wendy Wolford & Sarah Keene

Environmental justice Ryan Holifield

Environmental conflict Philippe LeBillon

Urbanization and environmental imaginaries Erik Swyngedouw

Editor's conclusion

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Tom Perreault is Professor of Geography at Syracuse University, USA. His research focuses on resource governance (particularly water and mining), agrarian change, indigenous social movement politics, and rural development in the central Andean region.

Gavin Bridge is Professor of Economic Geography at Durham University, UK. His research focuses on the political economy of extractive industries and how firms, states, and raw materials shape the political ecologies of oil, gas, and mining.

James McCarthy is Professor in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University, USA. His research centers on the intersections of political economy and environmental politics, with particular emphases on the relationships between neoliberalism and environmental governance, and on rural areas and industries.