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Nature, Raw Materials, and Political Economy Vol: 10

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01 Apr 2005
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
412 pages - 156 x 234 x 23mm
Research in Rural Sociology and Development


The papers in this volume push the study of the multifaceted nature-society relationship and the socioeconomic consequences of human dependence on nature forward in a variety of areas. In the first section, "Theoretical Foundations", the five chapters lay out theoretical models for examining the nature-society relationship. The chapters examine the roles of material process, space, and time in shaping social processes of economic ascent and long term hegemonic change, as well as the role of the analysis of raw materials in environmental sociology. In the second section, "Commodities, Extraction and Frontiers", a series of case studies covering a range of industries, locations and historical periods present a variety of applications of the political economy of natural resources to critical issues regarding commodities, extraction and frontiers.The case study industries include oil, steel, transport, furs, sugar and Brazil nuts, and the chapters examine regions in Latin America, North America, and Asia. In the third section, "Connecting Political and Economic Change", four chapters focus on the relationship between raw materials, economic change, and socioeconomic change. These chapters examine long term economic and political change and the relationship between political and economic change in Latin America and Africa.
Nature, Raw Materials, and Political Economy: An Introduction. Theoretical Foundations. Matter, Space, Time, and Technology: How Local Process Drives Global Systems. Environmental Sociology's Theoretical and Empirical Paradoxes. For a Sociology of 'Socionature': Ontology and the Commodity-Based Approach. Keeping Time: Temporal Hierarchies in Socio-Ecological Systems. Cycles of Accumulation, Crisis, Materials and Space: Can Different Theories of Change be Reconciled? Commodities, Extraction and Frontiers. Starting at the beginning: Extractive Economies as the Unexamined Origins of Global Commodity Chains. Sunk Costs, Resource Extractive Industries, and Development Outcomes. Japan's Economic Ascent and its Extraction of Wealth from its Raw Materials Peripheries. A Perceptual Extractive Frontier? The History of Offshore Petroleum in the Gulf of Mexico. Commodity Frontier as Contested Periphery: The Fur Trade in Iroquoia, New York and Canada, 1664-1754. Extraction, Gender and Neoliberalism in the Western Amazon. Material Process and Industrial Architecture: Innovation on the Cuban Sugar Frontier, 1818-1857. Connecting Political and Economic Change. World-Systems in the Biogeosphere: Three Thousand Years of Urbanization, Empire Foundation and Climate Change. Coffee, Revolution and Democracy in Central America. Peasants, Planters, and the Predatory State: Export Diversification in the Dominican Republic, 1970-2000. Selling the River: Gendered Experiences of Resource Extraction and Development in Lesotho.

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