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Nature Swapped and Nature Lost

Biodiversity Offsetting, Urbanization and Social Justice

Authors: Apostolopoulou, Elia

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  • O​ffers a theoretically-informed and socially rooted, radical critique of the implications of biodiversity offsetting policies
  • Critically analyses biodiversity offsetting and its implementation in England
  • Aims to draw attention to offsetting and revanchist neoliberal policies in current neoliberal/capitalist natures literature 
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This book unravels the profound implications of biodiversity offsetting for nature-society relationships and its links to environmental and social inequality. Drawing on people’s resistance against its implementation in several urban and rural places across England, it explores how the production of equivalent natures, the core promise of offsetting, reframes socionatures both discursively and materially transforming places and livelihoods.
The book draws on theories and concepts from human geography, political ecology, and Marxist political economy, and aims to shift the trajectory of the current literature on the interplay between offsetting, urbanization and the neoliberal reconstruction of conservation and planning policies in the era following the 2008 financial crash. By shedding light on offsetting’s contested geographies, it offers a fundamental retheorization of offsetting capable of demonstrating how offsetting, and more broadly revanchist neoliberal policies, are increasingly used to support capitalist urban growth producing socially, environmentally and geographically uneven outcomes.  
Nature Swapped and Nature Lost brings forward an understanding of environmental politics as class politics and sees environmental justice as inextricably linked to social justice. It effectively challenges the dystopia of offsetting’s ahistorical and asocial non-places and proposes a radically different pathway for gaining social control over the production of nature by linking struggles for the right to the city with struggles for the right to nature for all.

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Elia Apostolopoulou is a senior research fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK and a visiting research fellow at Harokopio University of Athens, Greece. While writing a significant part of this book she was a lecturer at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, UK. She is also co-editor of The Right to Nature: Social Movements, Environmental Justice and Neoliberal Natures (2019).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nature Swapped and Nature Lost
Book Subtitle
Biodiversity Offsetting, Urbanization and Social Justice
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-46788-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-46788-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-46787-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 404
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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