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Agony and the Anthropos

Democracy and Boundaries in the Anthropocene

Amanda Machin

would be scratched out. This is why the quest for consensus in environmental politics is misguided ( Machin 2013 ). Agonistic politics allow for the ongoing possibility of challenging and changing sociopolitical institutions, the disruption of the status

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Lessons from the Framing Contest over UK Shale Development

Impotence and Austerity in Environmental Politics

Laurence Williams

debate and the associated lack of discursive closure in the UK shale development case; and (2) questions that emerge from this case about discursive dynamics in environmental politics more broadly concerning the status of ecological modernization and the

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Natalie Bump Vena, Paige Dawson, Thomas De Pree, Sarah Hitchner, George Holmes, Sudarshan R Kottai, Daniel J Murphy, Susan Paulson, Victoria C. Ramenzoni, and Kathleen Smythe

. 2020. What Is Environmental Politics? Cambridge: Polity Press. 202 pp. ISBN 978-1-5095-3413-5. What Is Environmental Politics? is a meticulously argued, conceptually engaging, and contextually attuned book that explores the complex interface

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Understanding the carbon monoxide threat in the South China Sea

Yoga Suharman, Sadewa Purba Sejati, and Iman Amirullah

studies of global environmental politics in three ways. The first is identifying spatial data relevant to specific environmental issues. The second is to analyze and visualize spatial data through GIS software and techniques. This could involve overlaying

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Huub de Jonge, Tomasz Płonka, Reginald Byron, Longina Jakubowska, Cindy Horst, Han ten Brummelhuis, and Jeremy Boissevain

Albert Schrauwers, Colonial ‘reformation’ in the highlands of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, 1892–1995

Chris Gosden, Anthropology and archaeology: a changing relationship

Jane Nadel-Klein, Fishing for heritage: modernity and loss along the Scottish coast

’Aref Abu-Rabi’a, Bedouin century: education and development among the Negev Bedouin in the twentieth century

Marc Sommers, Fear in Bongoland: Burundi refugees in urban Tanzania

Richard Parker, Beneath the Equator: cultures of desire, male homosexuality, and emerging gay communities in Brazil

Klaus Eder and Maria Kousis (eds.), Environmental politics in Southern Europe: actors, institutions and discourses in a Europeanizing society

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No One Can Hold It Back

The Theopolitics of Water and Life in Chilean Patagonia without Dams

Carlota McAllister


The slogan “Water is Life” rallies anti-extractive movements across the Americas. Critical theorists, however, decry the circumscription of environmental politics by the vitalist attribution of political agency to liveliness. This article tempers that critique by juxtaposing it to the Catholic Church's claims to sovereignty over life, deploying the resulting slippages between water and life to explore the theopolitical potencies that emerge in water's oscillations between non-life and the divine. Exploring these oscillations in a dam conflict in Chilean Patagonia, I argue that they allowed a flooding phenomenon on a river threatened with damming to be heard as a prophetic call to action. The uprising that followed produced a rare victory for dam opponents, suggesting that a theopolitics of life has powers that exceed vitalism.

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Transforming Participatory Science into Socioecological Praxis

Valuing Marginalized Environmental Knowledges in the Face of the Neoliberalization of Nature and Science

Brian J. Burke and Nik Heynen

Citizen science and sustainability science promise the more just and democratic production of environmental knowledge and politics. In this review, we evaluate these participatory traditions within the context of (a) our theorization of how the valuation and devaluation of nature, knowledge, and people help to produce socio-ecological hierarchies, the uneven distribution of harms and benefits, and inequitable engagement within environmental politics, and (b) our analysis of how neoliberalism is reworking science and environmental governance. We find that citizen and sustainability science often fall short of their transformative potential because they do not directly confront the production of environmental injustice and political exclusion, including the knowledge hierarchies that shape how the environment is understood and acted upon, by whom, and for what ends. To deepen participatory practice, we propose a heterodox ethicopolitical praxis based in Gramscian, feminist, and postcolonial theory and describe how we have pursued transformative praxis in southern Appalachia through the Coweeta Listening Project.

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Nature, Science, and Politics in the Anthropocene

Tracey Heatherington

lies in its exceptionally lucid explanation of a complex history of ideas. A tenured professor in the Global Environmental Politics Program at American University in Washington, DC, Wapner draws upon political science, history, and philosophy. His

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The Limits of Liberal Democracy

Prospects for Democratizing Democracy

Viviana Asara

between the “proceduralism” of liberal democracy and the “consequentialism” of green concerns ( Dobson 1990 [2008], 108 ) has led many environmental political theorists to criticize liberal democracy for its inability to respond adequately to the

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Beyond Petrotoxic Apparatuses

Néstor L. Silva

settlers all committed to maintaining the Bakken. They were my primary interlocutors during my 16 months of ethnographic fieldwork based in Tioga as I studied the environmental politics of the Bakken. Today, the small rural municipality has around 2