Natural Resources and Social Conflict: Towards Critical Environmental Security

Hardcover | April 10, 2012

EditorMatthew A. Schnurr, Larry A. Swatuk

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This volume brings together international scholars reflecting on the theory and practice of international security, human security, natural resources and environmental change. It contributes by 'centering the margins' and privileging alternative conceptions and understandings of environmental (in)security.

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This volume brings together international scholars reflecting on the theory and practice of international security, human security, natural resources and environmental change. It contributes by 'centering the margins' and privileging alternative conceptions and understandings of environmental (in)security.

MATTHEW SCHNURR Assistant Professor in the Department of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University, Canada. He is an environmental geographer who publishes in the areas of environment and development, political ecology, and agricultural technologies, with a regional focus on east and southern Africa. LARRY A. SWATUKAss...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.65 × 5.75 × 1.12 inPublished:April 10, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230297838

ISBN - 13:9780230297838

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Towards Critical Environmental Security; M.Schnurr & L.Swatuk
What Are We Really Looking For? From Eco-violence to Environmental Injustice; P.Stoett
Climatic Security and the Tipping Point Conception of the Earth System; C.Russill
Insecurities of Non-Dominance: Re-Theorizing Human Security and Environmental Change in Developed States; W.Greaves
Water and Security in Africa: State-Centric Narratives, Human Insecurities; L.Swatuk
Avoiding the Resource Curse in Ghana: Assessing the Options; P.Arthur
Sexual Violence, Coltan and the Democratic Republic of Congo; S.Whitman
'The Elephant in the Room?' Peak Oil on the Security Agenda; S.Mulligan
Dirty Security? Tar Sands, Energy Security and Environmental Violence; P.Le Billon & A.Carter
Loud Bangs and Quiet Canadians: An analysis of oil patch sabotage in British Columbia, Canada; C.Arsenault
Bodies on the Line: The In/Security of Everyday Life in Aamjiwnaang; S.Wiebe
Afterward: Ecoviolence, Security, Geopolitics; S.Dalby

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"This is an exciting contribution that advances theories of environmental security. The chapters fuse critical perspectives on environmental security with evidence from developing and developed regions to offer a coherent perspective on the discursive practices of environmental security and their material consequences. Spanning global to local scales, and weaving together theories about justice, power, security and the state, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in critical environmental security studies." - Jon Barnett, Professor of Resource Management and Geography, University of Melbourne, Australia"The very ideas of environmental security and environmental conflict have been controversial from their inception. In mapping the complex connections between the biophysical world, natural resources and collective violence, the devil is always in the details. The great strength of this book is that it approaches the field with a critical eye and a refusal to accept conventional wisdom by always being attentive to what the editors call rethinking security from the bottom up. Whether tackling the challenges of the Canadian tar sands or coltan in Congo, this volume represents an important challenge to the old environmental world order of the first Earth Summit in Rio and offers us instead a compelling vision of how to grasp the radical environmental insecurities confronting the global underclasses." - Michael Watts, Professor of Geography and Development Studies, University of California-Berkeley, USA