Political Economy of the Natural Environment: A Field Statement

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This document is designed to broadly sketch the political economy of the natural environment as a field of study. What follows is a review of pertinent literature contained within the field. A political economy of the natural environment asserts that a study of nature must incorporate political, cultural and historical factors. As Tim Forsyth describes, this field requires “reevaluation of environmental science by considering the intricate ways in which science and politics are mutually related.”1 I broaden this definition somewhat to include cultural factors as well. Environmental conflict, resource management and distribution, environmental degradation and climate change are studied within their particular temporal and geographic locations alongside traditional cultural studies concerns of class, gender and race. Simply put, this field explores the effects of economy on the natural environment, with particular attention paid to our current mode of production… Download to read more

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1. Tim Forsyth, Critical Political Ecology : The Politics of Environmental Science. (London; New York: Routledge, 2003), 1.

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