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.

Greening the Left? From Marx to World-System Theory

Greening the Left? From Marx to World-System Theory

Greening the left? From Marx to world-system theory


Many writers and activists in the Green movement have thought of the new politics as somehow ‘beyond left and right’. Unfortunately, this is a difficult view to sustain in the face of the practical choices that any serious Green politics has to make. For one thing, political thought and practice must begin with an understanding of the nature of the society and political system, and a diagnosis of the problems and issues they produce. Left and right have strikingly different understandings to offer. Second, the policy options chosen to address the ecological issues which are at the core of Green politics necessarily have other impacts. So, for example, a strategy ...

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