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Political Ecology

A Critical Engagement with Global Environmental Issues

Authors: Benjaminsen, Tor A., Svarstad, Hanne

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  • Introduces political ecology perspectives and concepts with particular focus on Africa and Norway
  • Written in an engaging and accessible style with a diverse range of relevant case studies to enhance student understanding
  • Challenges established views with research findings that may surprise readers
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About this Textbook

This textbook introduces political ecology as an interdisciplinary approach to critically examine land and environmental issues. 
Drawing on discourse and narrative analysis, Marxist political economy and insights from natural science, the book points at similarities, differences and inter-connections between environmental governance in the global North and South. A wide range of carefully curated case studies are presented, with a particular focus on Africa and Norway. Key themes of power, justice and environmental sustainability run through all chapters. 
The authors challenge established views and leading discourses and present research findings that may surprise readers. Chapters cover topics including wildlife conservation, climate change and conflicts, land grabbing, the effects of population growth on the environment, jihadism in the African Sahel, bioprospecting, feminist political ecology, and struggles around carbon mitigation within a fossil fuel-based economy. This introductory text provides tools and examples for both undergraduate and postgraduate students to better understand on-going struggles about some of the world’s most urgent challenges. 

About the authors

Tor A. Benjaminsen is a human geographer and Professor of Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway. His research is focused on environmental change and its governance within a broad and interdisciplinary political ecology perspective. He is a lead author of the 6th IPCC report and an Associate Editor of Political Geography.
Hanne Svarstad is a sociologist and Professor of Development Studies at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. Her research is about climate change mitigation, land use conflicts, bioprospecting, power, environmental justice, education and alternative sustainabilities.

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“Anyone wondering why political ecology has proliferated in the past few years, the new book by Tor Benjaminsen and Hanne Svarstad may have the answer. Filled with conceptually rich frameworks and illuminating case studies, this benchmark exploration into political ecology is a perfect primer for both those new to the field political ecology as well as advanced students and scholars alike. This undertaking is no small feat – mixing years of on the ground research with fresh takes on environmental justice, power and uneven development to deliver a powerful book that is exceptionally timely. Facing cascading social, political and ecological crisis, the multifaceted toolkit of political ecology is needed now more than ever.” (Ben Neimark, University of Lancaster, Lancaster Environment Centre, UK)

“The book describes our common present with unsentimental urgency. Benjaminsen and Svarstad demonstrate the complexity of human engagement with the scarce resources of our planet, and the analytical pathways offered by political ecology. The book’s many vivid examples underscore how power is always part of the equation: people + their environment.” (Christian Lund, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $34.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-56036-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Softcover $44.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Political Ecology
Book Subtitle
A Critical Engagement with Global Environmental Issues
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-56036-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-56036-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-56035-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 249
Number of Illustrations
12 b/w illustrations, 22 illustrations in colour
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