Set at the intersection of political theory and environmental politics, yet with broad engagement across the environmental social sciences and humanities, The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory, defines, illustrates, and challenges the field of environmental political theory (EPT). Featuring contributions from distinguished political scientists working in this field, this volume addresses canonical theorists and contemporary environmental problems with a diversity of theoretical approaches. The initial volume focuses on EPT as a field of inquiry, engaging both traditions of political thought and the academy. In the second section, the handbook explores conceptualizations of nature and the environment, as well as the nature of political subjects, communities, and boundaries within our environments. A third section addresses the values that motivate environmental theorists - including justice, responsibility, rights, limits, and flourishing - and the potential conflicts that can emerge within, between, and against these ideals. The final section examines the primary structures that constrain or enable the achievement of environmental ends, as well as theorizations of environmental movements, citizenship, and the potential for on-going environmental action and change.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 682
Weight: 1310 g
Dimensions: 253 x 183 x 41 mm
For anyone seriously concerned with environmental issues and understanding the associated politics, this is a book they should have on their shelves. It can be consulted on a wide range of topics, and represents a true state-of-theart guide. It is difficult to select specific contributions to highlight, but having been engaged with research that addressed notions of environmental justice, I was drawn to the four chapters that explicitly tackled this topic. These provide an historical overview of the concept's evolution, and they also demonstrate vital insights to the challenges being posed by the need to seek 'climate justice', or the efforts to minimise harm associated with climate change and the 'structural injustice' of its harmful impacts, symbolising how the least developed countries may suffer the worst impacts of climate change despite contributing little to the problem.The Handbook is thoroughly worthy of the label 'treasure trove'. * Guy M. Robinson, Environmental Values *
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