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POLITICAL ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY

CALL FOR PAPERS: Political Ecology and Environmental Sociology: Towards Productive Engagement or Sustaining the Contract of Mutual Indifference?

DIMENSIONS OF POLITICAL ECOLOGY, CONFERENCE ON NATURE/SOCIETY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY February 27 – March 1, 2014 University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Alan Rudy, Damian White, Christopher Oliver and Brian Gareau

The political ecologist Piers Blackie has observed in a stock-taking of political ecology that “a review of Environmental Sociology, a textbook by Hannigan, finds no mention of Political Ecology and yet most of its contents might well be claimed as Political Ecology” (Blackie, 2008: 772). One could similarly work through many political ecology textbooks and find little or no discussion of environmental sociology. Given the ritualistic appeals to “inter-disciplinarity” in the environmental social sciences, how can we account for the extra-ordinary disengagement between political ecology and environmental sociology? How can these seemingly overlapping and aligned sub-disciplines largely ignore each other? Why has political ecology taken socio-natural hybridity, post-human ethics and non-equilibrium ecologies so much more seriously than US environmental sociology has? Why is it that understandings of the relationship between capital and ecology are widely divergent between environmental sociologists and political ecologists? Are both fields increasingly disabled by their dis-engagement with each other?

Attempting to do justice to the diverse amalgam of movements, institutions and disciplines that have contributed to the many methods and foci involved, this panel will explore this strange contract of mutual indifference from a number of perspectives, e.g.

1.    Northern attitude and policy research relative to Southern development and ethnographic studies;

2.    Durkheimian empiricist, realist Marxist and neo-Malthusian approaches contrasted with relational Marxist, materialist feminist and post structuralist currents;

3.    Critical takes on risk society and the democratization of the state versus bureaucratic management derived from risk science-based policy;

4.     Local and lay knowledge leading in directions quite different than those of green neoliberalism;

5.    The primary roots of US environmental sociology in rural sociology versus political ecology’s founding of political ecology in European development geography.

The panel will consist of a series of short pieces (3000 words) en route to an open discussion. The aims of the panel will be to gain great understanding of the blockages that prevent broader engagements between political ecology and environmental sociology. It will also consider how we might imagine more productive relations between political ecology and environmental sociology.

Please submit proposed title and abstract to Alan Rudy alan.rudy@gmail.com Damian White dwhite01@risd.edu, Chris Oliver christopheroliver@uky.edu and Brian Gareau bgareau@gmail.com by December 1st 2013

 

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IMPERIAL ECOLOGIES

Issue 69 of ‘New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory/Politics’

Imperial Ecologies

Guest Editor: Ashley Dawson
New Formations 69 offers a timely and urgent set of contributions towards the development of ‘political ecology’. Despite a history of sporadic engagements, cultural theory and cultural studies has rarely dealt thoroughly with ecological issues, tending to retreat into its habitual scepticism regarding anything that might smell of naturalism. The fact that ecological questions frame all of the urgent political debates of our epoch, as well as animating some of the most dynamic areas of critical thought, surely means that this situation cannot continue. This collection begins to address the issues.

CONTENTS

Jeremy Gilbert
Editorial
http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/archive/nf69editorial.pdf

Ashley Dawson
Introduction: New Enclosures
http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/articles/69_Dawson.pdf

George Caffentzis
The Future Of ‘The Commons’: Neoliberalism’s ‘Plan B’ Or The Original Disaccumulation Of Capital?
http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/articles/69_Caffentzis.pdf

Crystal Bartolovich
A Natural History Of ‘Food Riots’

Rob Nixon
Unimagined Communities: Developmental Refugees, Megadams And Monumental Modernity

Peter Hitchcock
Oil In An American Imaginary

Morten Tønnessen
The Global Species

Sian Sullivan
‘Ecosystem Service Commodities’ – A New Imperial Ecology? Implications For Animist Immanent Ecologies, With Deleuze And Guattari

Leerom Medovoi
A Contribution To The Critique Of Political Ecology: Sustainability As Disavowal

Brett Neilsen and Ben Dibbley
Climate Crisis And The Actuarial Imaginary: ‘The War On Global Warming’

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PRODUCTIVE FORCES IN CAPITALIST AGRICULTURE

Journal of Agrarian Change

© Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Volume 10, Issue 3 Page 299 – 453
The latest issue of Journal of Agrarian Change is available on Wiley Online Library
 

Productive Forces in Capitalist Agriculture: Political Economy and Political Ecology

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joac.2010.10.issue-3/issuetoc

The Bernstein and Byres Prize in Agrarian Change (page 299)
Deborah Johnston, Cristobal Kay, Jens Lerche and Carlos Oya
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.
1471-0366.2010.00271.x

Introduction: Some Questions Concerning the Productive Forces (pages 300–314)
HENRY BERNSTEIN
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.
1471-0366.2010.00272.x

The Accelerating Biophysical Contradictions of Industrial Capitalist Agriculture (pages 315–341)
TONY WEIS
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.
1471-0366.2010.00273.x

Issues in the Political Economy of Agricultural Biotechnology (pages 342–366)
DAVID WIELD, JOANNA CHATAWAY and MAURICE BOLO
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.
1471-0366.2010.00274.x

Impeding Dispossession, Enabling Repossession: Biological Open Source and the Recovery of Seed Sovereignty (pages 367–388)
JACK KLOPPENBURG
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.
1471-0366.2010.00275.x

The End of the Road? Agricultural Revolutions in the Capitalist World-Ecology, 1450–2010 (pages 389–413)
JASON W. MOORE
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.
1471-0366.2010.00276.x

The Material Conditions of a Polarized Discourse: Clamours and Silences in Critical Analysis of Agricultural Water Use in India (pages 414–436)
PETER P. MOLLINGA
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.
1471-0366.2010.00277.x

Beyond Industrial Agriculture? Some Questions about Farm Size, Productivity and Sustainability (pages 437–453)
PHILIP WOODHOUSE
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.
1471-0366.2010.00278.x

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