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By Vincent J. Del Casino Jr., Mary E. Thomas, Paul Cloke, Ruth Panelli

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ISBN-13: 9781444395204

This quantity lines the complexity of social geography in either its historic and current contexts, when difficult readers to mirror severely at the tensions that run via social geographic thought.

• prepared to supply a brand new set of conceptual lenses in which social geographies may be discussed;

• offers an unique intervention into the debates approximately social geography;

• Highlights the significance of social geography in the broader box of geography.

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It is precisely the groundswell of anti-development thinking, oppositional discourses that have as their starting point the rejection of development, of rationality, and the Western modernist project (see Escobar, Chapter 2 in this volume), at the moment of a purported Washington consensus and free-market triumphalism, that represents one of the striking paradoxes of the 1990s. Ironically, however, both of these discourses—whether the World Bank line or its radical alternative—look to civil society, participation, and ordinary people for their development vision for the next millennium.

Liberation ecology is not set in concrete as an already formed structure of ideas. It is a discourse about nature, Marxist in origin, poststructural in recent influence, politically transformative in intent, but subject still to the fiercest of debates. These concern vital, fundamental issues, such as attitude towards modernity, rationality, and emancipation. Compare Chapters 2 and 4 by Escobar and Yapa, so critical of such basic tenets of modernism as developmentalism or environmentalism that they advocate their abandonment, with Chapter 10 by Rangan, critical of the Chipko movement, that darling of the anti-modernists, or Chapter 4 by Bebbington, which shows that Ecuadorean movements defend their indigenous cultures by selfconsciously embracing modern techniques.

In terms of the latter, social struggles over land and resources, the environmental conditions of human existence, erupt in a profusion of styles and intensities, sometimes becoming full-fledged social movements, sometimes remaining as more prosaic and circumscribed individual resistance. As these two tendencies interact, political ecology as a specialized branch of critical social theory undergoes its own partly autonomous shift in thematic structure and theoretical style, very much as earlier versions also are critiqued and revised.

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