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Handbook of Critical Environmental Politics

9781839100666 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Luigi Pellizzoni, Full Professor, Department of Political Sciences, University of Pisa, Emanuele Leonardi, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Business Law, University of Bologna and Viviana Asara, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Studies, University of Ferrara, Italy
Publication Date: September 2022 ISBN: 978 1 83910 066 6 Extent: c 672 pp
This timely Handbook offers a comprehensive outlook on global environmental politics, providing readers with an up-to-date view of a field of ever increasing academic and public significance. Its critical perspective interrogates what is taken for granted in current institutions and social and power relations, highlighting the issues preventing meaningful change in the relationship between human societies and their biophysical underpinnings.

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This timely Handbook offers a comprehensive outlook on global environmental politics, providing readers with an up-to-date view of a field of ever increasing academic and public significance. Its critical perspective interrogates what is taken for granted in current institutions and social and power relations, highlighting the issues preventing meaningful change in the relationship between human societies and their biophysical underpinnings.

Featuring contributions from over 60 established and emerging international scholars, the Handbook is organised into six thematic sections. It addresses theoretical approaches, contested notions, key issues, governance processes, mobilizations, and emergent directions of inquiry, presenting a vital contemporary analysis of the major social science and political ecology debates over environmental questions.

Scholars and students in the social sciences, in particular those studying politics and public policy, with an interest in the environment and climate change will find this Handbook to be essential reading. It will also be useful to academics in other disciplines related to ecology and environmental politics, as well as politicians and practitioners involved in green transition policies.
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‘This magnificent Handbook shows how 21st century politics occupies the interstices of everyday life – from the digitised molecule to the spouse tax; from geopower to post-work. The editors are relational thinkers, well aware that the environment, so-called, is not the same as “nature”; rather, their title conveys an academic field subjecting itself to a reflexive process of decolonisation. This open textured epistemological stance owes much to the Frankfurt School's refusal of modernity. The spectrum of contested themes runs through debates over financialisation of nature, smart cities, genetic engineering, even a psychoanalysis of sustainability narratives! The call is for regulatory proposals and grassroots transitions sensitive to both feminist critique and to epistemic extractivism from Indigenous cultures. That said, the editors want to see discourse deconstruction replaced by a prefigurative politics, grounded in embodied practices. As they say, the task of critique is to make visible other ways of worlding.’
– Ariel Salleh, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

‘This is an excellent collection of different schools of thought that offer critical insights to modern environmental politics. Useful for students and researchers alike.’
– Giorgos Kallis, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Contributors
Contributors include: Philipp Altmann, Osman Arrobbio, Viviana Asara, Nathan Barlow, John Barry, Maura Benegiamo, Monika Berg, Kean Birch, Ingolfur Blühdorn, Alina Brad, Ulrich Brand, Seán Brennan, Patrick Bresnihan, Laura Centemeri, Ekaterina Chertkovskaya, Alice Dal Gobbo, Pallav Das, Debra Davidson, Corinna Dengler, Mladen Domazet, Edwin A. Edou, Kajsa Emilsson, Julia Fankhauser, Silvia Federici, Malcom Ferdinand, Andrea Ghelfi, Erik Gómez-Baggethun, Christoph Görg, Matthias Gross, Eleonora Guadagno, Marit Hammond, Oliver Hunt, Stefan Gaarsmand Jacobsen, Sydney Karbonik, Max Koch, Jens Koehrsen (Köhrsen), Emanuele Leonardi, Rolf Lidskog, Ingmar Lippert, Natalia Magnani, Hug March, Damian McIlroy, Naomi Millner, Dario Minervini, Andreas Novy, Dario Padovan, Dimitris Papadopoulos, Luigi Pellizzoni, Gloria Pessina, Etienne Schneider, Ivano Scotti, Alessandro Sciullo, Tone Smith, Clive L. Spash, Birte Strunk, Maristella Svampa, Erik Swyngedouw, Miriam Tola, Isabella Tomassi, Salvo Torre, David Tyfield, Angelos Varvarousis, Marija Brajdić Vuković
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