The Right to Nature: Social Movements, Environmental Justice and Neoliberal Natures

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Elia Apostolopoulou, Jose A. Cortes-Vazquez
Routledge, Dec 7, 2018 - Law - 344 pages
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Since the 2008 financial crash the expansion of neoliberalism has had an enormous impact on nature-society relations around the world. In response, various environmental movements have emerged opposing the neoliberal restructuring of environmental policies using arguments that often bridge traditional divisions between the environmental and labour agendas.

The Right to Nature explores the differing experiences of a number of environmental-social movements and struggles from the point of view of both activists and academics. This collection attempts to both document the social-ecological impacts of neoliberal attempts to exploit non-human nature in the post-crisis context and to analyse the opposition of emerging environmental movements and their demands for a radically different production of nature based on social needs and environmental justice. It also provides a necessary space for the exchange of ideas and experiences between academics and activists and aims to motivate further academic-activist collaborations around alternative and counter-hegemonic re-thinking of environmental politics.

This book will be of great interest to students, scholars and activists interested in environmental policy, environmental justice, social and environmental movements.


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Part I
grassroots opposition to
fluid identities
the rise of the social movement against megamining
the case of Afungi community
learning from Roşia
Part II
roles in corporate environmental stewardship
framing a new nature protection debate in Europe
Natures rights and Earth jurisprudence a new ecologically based paradigm
Natures rights and political movements
Part IV
Illegal camping on stolen native land
how the politics of austerity have reshaped elder
lowimpact development as a response to the neoliberal

Landscape and outdoor domestic space towards food sovereignty
The political ecology of urban space in transition
the problem of theory as
The right to nature lessons learned and future directions

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Elia Apostolopoulou is a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Jose A. Cortes-Vazquez is an InTalent senior researcher at the University of A Coruña, Spain.

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