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Valuing Development, Environment and Conservation

Creating Values that Matter, 1st Edition

Edited by Sarah Bracking, Aurora Fredriksen, Sian Sullivan, Philip Woodhouse

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240 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Description

Policy-makers are increasingly trying to assign economic values to areas such as ecologies, the atmosphere, even human lives. These new values, assigned to areas previously considered outside of economic systems, often act to qualify, alter or replace former non-pecuniary values. Valuing Development, Environment and Conservation looks to explore the complex interdependencies, contradictions and trade-offs that can take place between economic values and the social, environmental, political and ethical systems that inform non-monetary valuation processes.

Using rich empirical material, the book explores the processes of valuation, their components, calculative technologies, and outcomes in different social, ecological and conservation domains. The book gives reasons for why economic calculation tends to dominate in practice, but also presents new insights on how the disobedient materiality of things and the ingenuity of human and non-human agencies can combine and frustrate the dominant economic models within calculative processes.

This book highlights the tension between, on the one hand, a dominant model that emphasises technical and ‘universalising’ criteria, and on the other hand, valuation practice in specific local contexts which is more likely to negotiate criteria that are plural, incommensurable and political. This book is perfect for researchers and students within development studies, environment, geography, politics, sociology and anthropology who are looking for new insights into how processes of valuation take place in the 21st century, and with what consequential outcomes.

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables

List of contributors

Acknowledgements

  1. Introducing values that matter
  2. Sarah Bracking, Aurora Fredriksen, Sian Sullivan and Philip Woodhouse

  3. Value(s) and valuation in development, conservation and environment
  4. Sarah Bracking, Aurora Fredriksen, Sian Sullivan and Philip Woodhouse

    Part 1: Development

  5. Assembling value for money in the UK Department for International Development
  6. Aurora Fredriksen

  7. The value of human life in health systems and social spaces: the HIV/AIDS context in Zimbabwe
  8. Fortunate Machingura

  9. Valuing infrastructure: competing financial and social valuations in the South Durban port expansion
  10. Sarah Bracking and Aurora Fredriksen

    Part 2: Conservation

  11. Bonding nature(s)? Funds, financiers and values at the impact investing edge in environmental conservation
  12. Sian Sullivan

  13. Creating conservation values under DEFRA’s biodiversity offsetting pilot and the pragmatics of a using a calculative device
  14. Louise Emily Carver and Sian Sullivan

    Part 3: Environment

  15. A crash in value: explaining the decline of the Clean Development Mechanism
  16. Robert Watt

  17. Climate changing civil society: The role of value and knowledge in designing the Green Climate Fund
  18. Jonas Amtoft Bruun

  19. Water values and the negotiation of water use
  20. Phil Woodhouse and Mike Muller

  21. ‘Some are more equal than others’: narratives of scarcity and the outcome of South Africa’s water reform
  22. Rebecca Peters and Phil Woodhouse

  23. Conclusion: the limits of economic valuation

Sarah Bracking, Aurora Fredriksen, Sian Sullivan and Philip Woodhouse

Index

About the Editors

Sarah Bracking is Professor of Climate and Society in the School of Global Affairs, King’s College London, UK

Aurora Fredriksen is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester, UK

Sian Sullivan is Professor of Environment and Culture, Bath Spa University, UK

Philip Woodhouse is Professor of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Explorations in Development Studies

The series features innovative and original research at the regional and global scale. Its scope extends to scholarly works that take an interdisciplinary and comparative approach.

In terms of theory and method, rather than basing itself on any one orthodoxy, the series draws broadly on the tool kit of the social sciences in general, emphasizing comparison, the analysis of the structure and processes, and the application of qualitative and quantitative methods.

The series welcomes submissions from established authors in the field as well as from junior authors. To submit proposals, please contact the Development Studies Editor, Helena Hurd (Helena.Hurd@tandf.co.uk).

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NAT011000
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
PSY039000
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General
SOC042000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries