The Handbook of Environment and Society focuses on the interactions between people, societies and economies, and the state of nature and the environment. Editorially integrated but written from multi-disciplinary perspectives, The Handbook of Environment and Society is organised in seven sections: - Environmental thought: past and present - Valuing the environment - Knowledges and knowing - Political economy of environmental change - Environmental technologies - Redesigning natures - Institutions and policies for influencing the environment Key themes include: locations where the environment-society relation is most acute: where, for example, there are few natural resources or where industrialization is unregulated; the discussion of these issues at different scales: local, regional, national, and global; the cost of damage to resources; and the relation between principal actors in the environment-society nexus. Aimed at an international audience of academics, research students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, The Handbook on Environment and Society presents readers in social science and natural science with a manual of the past, present and future of environment-society links.

Political Ecology from Landscapes to Genomes: Science and Interests

Political Ecology from Landscapes to Genomes: Science and Interests

Political ecology from landscapes to genomes: Science and interests


The genomics revolution in biology would seem to create novel analytical and policy questions for political ecology. Beyond the academic world, the capacity of genetic engineering to create wholly new organisms that cannot be produced in nature has generated movements, global networks and international soft law in anticipation of environmental effects from transgenic organisms. Complex state-market boundaries are being created, centering on bio-safety regimes in response to the global spread — both official and unmonitored — of transgenic organisms. The genomics revolution likewise enables new forms of property in nature, at smaller and smaller scale, invigorating a global debate on bioproperty, bioprospecting, and biopiracy. Does understanding these novel ...

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