Contentious Geographies: Environmental Knowledge, Meaning, Scale

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Michael K. Goodman, Max Boykoff, Kyle Evered
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - Science - 242 pages
The human-environment relationship, often contentious yet very closely intertwined, is one of the most pressing concerns of the twenty first century. Bringing together a range of case studies from both global North and South to illustrate the broad range of current theories on this relationship, this book presents significant cutting-edge research into the continuing (re)definition of political ecology as it relates to environmental contestation. In particular, it examines how various theoretical approaches shape environmental conflicts, how policies and technologies empower and encourage political and ecological outcomes. Covering issues such as mining regulation, climate change, water resource struggles, human displacement, genetic engineering and mapping technologies at a wide range of scales, this edited volume provides a broader, critical understanding of the theoretical frameworks and policies underlying resource and environmental conflicts.
 

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Contents

Contentious Geographies Environmental Knowledge Meaning Scale
1
The Contentious World of Jared Diamonds Collapse
27
Fight Semantic Drift? Mass Media Coverage of Anthropogenic Climate Change
39
Whose Scarcity? The Hydrosocial Cycle and the Changing Waterscape of La Ligua River Basin Chile
59
Environmentality in Rajasthans Groundwater Sector Divergent Environmental Knowledges and Subjectivities
81
Discursive Spearpoints Contentious Interventions in Amazonian Indigenous Environments
97
Confronting Invisibility Reconstructing Scale in Californias Pesticide Drift Conflict
115
Scale and Narrative in the Struggle for Environment and Livelihood in Vieques Puerto Rico
131
Making Local Places GEFree in Californias Contentious Geographies of Genetic Pollution and Coexistence
147
Regional Power and the Power of the Region Resisting Dam Removal in the Pacific Northwest
165
Law of Regions Mining Legislation and the Construction of East and West
187
Mapping Boundaries Shifting Power The SocioEthical Dimensions of Participatory Mapping
203
Competing and Conflicting Social Constructions of Land in South Africa The Case of and Implications for Land Reform
219
Index
237
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Dr Michael K. Goodman is a Lecturer in Geography at King's College London, UK, Dr Maxwell T. Boykoff, is a Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, UK and Dr Kyle T. Evered, is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Michigan State University, USA.

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