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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.
What is land and how is it made? In this path-breaking study of sites in western, eastern, and southern India, Nikita Sud argues that land is not simply the solid surface of the earth. It is best understood as a materially and conceptually dynamic realm, intimately tied to the social. As such, land transitions across porous registers of territory, property, authority, the sacred, history and memory, and contested access and exclusion. While states, markets, and politics in post-liberalization India try to make land suitable for 'growth' and 'development', the relationship between the soil and institutions is never straightforward. A state attempting to order a layered topography is frequently stretched into shadowy domains of informality and unsanctioned practices. A market may be advanced, but remains precariously embedded in sociality. Politics could challenge the land-making of the state and markets. It may also effect compromises. Attempts at constructing a durable landed order thus reveal our own (dis)orders. In attempting to 'make' the land, Sud's intriguing study shows how the land simultaneously 'makes' us.
Accession to the EU is a major priority for Turkey. A key factor in that process is that the country deals with its environmental problems. Turkey began to engage seriously with its environmental issues in the early 1990s and although some improvements have been made - in its administrative set up and in waste management, for example - much remains to be done in tackling the reality of environmental pollution within the country. In Environment and Politics in Turkey, Vakur Sumer provides a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the country's progress as it attempts to comply with European Union requirements. The author analyses the Turkey's successes to date but - importantly - also considers the delays and difficulties experienced and the reasons behind them. He includes recommendations for overcoming the environmental challenges.
A concise history of how American law has shaped-and been shaped by-the experience of contagion, taking us from the smallpox outbreaks of the colonies to COVID-19. . . . The conclusion [Witt] arrives at is devastating. (Jennifer Szalai, New York Times) One wishes that, six months ago, every member of Congress and the Trump administration had been forced to read and reckon with the history Witt neatly summarizes. But now in the aftermath of a close, bitterly fought election, let's hope that this book will help America chart its way forward. -Jill Filipovic, Washington Post From yellow fever to smallpox to polio to AIDS to COVID-19, epidemics have prompted Americans to make choices and answer questions about their basic values and their laws. In five concise chapters, historian John Fabian Witt traces the legal history of epidemics, showing how infectious disease has both shaped, and been shaped by, the law. Arguing that throughout American history legal approaches to public health have been liberal for some communities and authoritarian for others, Witt shows us how history's answers to the major questions brought up by previous epidemics help shape our answers today: What is the relationship between individual liberty and the common good? What is the role of the federal government, and what is the role of the states? Will long-standing traditions of government and law give way to the social imperatives of an epidemic? Will we let the inequities of our mixed tradition continue?
A sweeping and highly readable work on the evolution of America's domestic and global drug war How can the United States chart a path forward in the war on drugs? In Drugs and Thugs, Russell Crandall uncovers the full history of this war that has lasted more than a century. As a scholar and a high-level national security advisor to both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, he provides an essential view of the economic, political, and human impacts of U.S. drug policies. Backed by extensive research, lucid and unbiased analysis of policy, and his own personal experiences, Crandall takes readers from Afghanistan to Colombia, to Peru and Mexico, to Miami International Airport and the border crossing between El Paso and Juarez to trace the complex social networks that make up the drug trade and drug consumption. Through historically driven stories, Crandall reveals how the war on drugs has evolved to address mass incarceration, the opioid epidemic, the legalization and medical use of marijuana, and America's shifting foreign policy.
This textbook provides an overview of economic perspectives on sustainability. It synthesises economic, ecological and interdisciplinary sustainability research and by applying an integrated social-ecological and economic framework, demonstrates how this research can be improved and implemented in practice. Split into three parts, the book begins by introducing a range of topics forming the basis of knowledge needed to understand the varying sustainability discourses in economics, ecology and interdisciplinary sustainability research. Chapters cover the political context of sustainability; the history of sustainability in European environmental discourses dating back to the seventeenth century; as well as various problems and forms of interdisciplinary knowledge integration and synthesis in the sustainability process. Part II reviews the core economic themes relevant to sustainable development including natural resource management, environmental economics and ecological economics. Also highlighted are often neglected issues such as conflicts, disasters and interrelated crises on the way towards sustainability. The chapters in Part III discuss the future of the sustainability process. They argue for the necessity of overhauling the relationship between science and practice; explore failures and the unforeseen difficulties of sustainability transformation; and discuss how to enable a long term sustainability process that reaches into the distant future. An innovative resource for a broad range of interdisciplinary programmes on sustainability. The book will be an invaluable reference for master and PhD students, instructors, researchers and practitioners in sustainability governance.
The CSIS Project on Congressional Oversight of Defence has attempted to forge a bipartisan mandate to reform the way Congress handles its defence oversight. Congress itself has long recognized that it spends too much time on details of defence programs and too little time deliberating the objectives, policies and management of US national security. This report, phase III of CSIS's research on defence reform, builds on the Center's previous analyses. Phase I assessed the implementation of the Packard Commission recommendations and the Goldwater-Nichols legislation, while phase II focused on the Bush administraton and the 101st Congress.
This book argues that British counterterrorism strategy is not only counterproductive, but it also presents an internal risk to national security. The book is divided into two parts. The first explores the analytical and theoretical tools used to analyse British counterterrorism strategy. As the book understands terrorism to be a normative label, a discourse-oriented approach is used. The boundary-security nexus not only exposes how constructions of security and identity exist in a dialectic relationship, but also provides a three-dimensional tool of symbolic, social, and institutional levels through which to explore constructions of terrorism. Part two applies the boundary-security nexus to two case studies: Islamic and far-right terrorism. The analysis and comparison of these case studies through the boundary-security nexus shows how for over a decade successive British governments have framed terrorism as a foreign problem; a problem with roots and causes firmly planted abroad. This results in a highly selective and racial understanding of terrorism, which has significant national security implications. Ultimately, the book shows how constructions of national identity and national security are intertwined at every level of the construction of terrorism. Islamic terrorism is framed as a foreign problem while far-right extremism is normalised and never given the condition of the Other. Only the threat framed as emanating from the Other is seen as a legitimate target of counterterrorism policy. It is this very intertwining of national identity and national security which allows for the selective application of the terrorism label in the UK. As such, the book shows how, through the selective application of the terrorism label, national security can be eroded from within. This book will be of much interest to students of terrorism studies, British politics, criminology and IR in general.