An Environmental History of Latin America

An Environmental History of Latin America
Author: Shawn Miller,Shawn William Miller
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 257
Release: 2007-09-10
ISBN 10: 0521848539
ISBN 13: 9780521848534
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Environmental History of Latin America Book Review:

This book narrates the mutually mortal historical contest between humans and nature in Latin America. Covering a period that begins with Amerindian civilizations and concludes in the region's present urban agglomerations, the work offers an original synthesis of the current scholarship on Latin America's environmental history and argues that tropical nature played a central role in shaping the region's historical development. Seeing Latin America's environmental past from the perspective of many centuries illustrates that human civilizations, ancient and modern, have been simultaneously more powerful and more vulnerable than previously thought.

An Environmental History of Latin America

An Environmental History of Latin America
Author: Shawn William Miller
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2007-08-27
ISBN 10: 1316224325
ISBN 13: 9781316224328
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Environmental History of Latin America Book Review:

A narration of the mutually mortal historical contest between humans and nature in Latin America. Covering a period that begins with Amerindian civilizations and concludes in the region's present urban agglomerations, the work offers an original synthesis of the current scholarship on Latin America's environmental history and argues that tropical nature played a central role in shaping the region's historical development. Human attitudes, populations, and appetites, from Aztec cannibalism to more contemporary forms of conspicuous consumption, figure prominently in the story. However, characters such as hookworms, whales, hurricanes, bananas, dirt, butterflies, guano, and fungi make more than cameo appearances. Recent scholarship has overturned many of our egocentric assumptions about humanity's role in history. Seeing Latin America's environmental past from the perspective of many centuries illustrates that human civilizations, ancient and modern, have been simultaneously more powerful and more vulnerable than previously thought.

An Environmental History of Latin America

An Environmental History of Latin America
Author: Shawn William Miller
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2007-08-27
ISBN 10: 9780521612982
ISBN 13: 0521612985
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Environmental History of Latin America Book Review:

This book narrates the mutually mortal historical contest between humans and nature in Latin America. Covering a period that begins with Amerindian civilizations and concludes in the region's present urban agglomerations, the work offers an original synthesis of the current scholarship on Latin America's environmental history and argues that tropical nature played a central role in shaping the region's historical development. Seeing Latin America's environmental past from the perspective of many centuries illustrates that human civilizations, ancient and modern, have been simultaneously more powerful and more vulnerable than previously thought.

A Living Past

A Living Past
Author: John Soluri,Claudia Leal,José Augusto Pádua
Publsiher: Berghahn Books
Total Pages: 310
Release: 2018-02-19
ISBN 10: 1785333917
ISBN 13: 9781785333910
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Living Past Book Review:

Though still a relatively young field, the study of Latin American environmental history is blossoming, as the contributions to this definitive volume demonstrate. Bringing together thirteen leading experts on the region, A Living Past synthesizes a wide range of scholarship to offer new perspectives on environmental change in Latin America and the Spanish Caribbean since the nineteenth century. Each chapter provides insightful, up-to-date syntheses of current scholarship on critical countries and ecosystems (including Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean, the tropical Andes, and tropical forests) and such cross-cutting themes as agriculture, conservation, mining, ranching, science, and urbanization. Together, these studies provide valuable historical contexts for making sense of contemporary environmental challenges facing the region.

Environmental Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean

Environmental Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean
Author: Romero Aldemaro,Sarah E. West
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2005-10-13
ISBN 10: 9781402037733
ISBN 13: 1402037732
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Environmental Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean Book Review:

This book is a collection of readings that explore environmental issues in Latin America and the Caribbean using natural science and social science methods. These papers demonstrate the value of interdisciplinary approaches to analyze and solve environmental problems. The essays are organized into five parts: conservation challenges; national policies, local communities, and rural development; market mechanisms for protecting public goods; public participation and environmental justice; and the effects of development policies on the environment.

Environmental Justice in Latin America

Environmental Justice in Latin America
Author: David V. Carruthers
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 0262033720
ISBN 13: 9780262033725
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Environmental Justice in Latin America Book Review:

Scholars and activists investigate the emergence of a distinctively Latin Americanenvironmental justice movement, offering analysis and case studies that illustrate the connectionsbetween popular environmental mobilization and social justice in the region.

Environment and Citizenship in Latin America

Environment and Citizenship in Latin America
Author: Alex Latta,Hannah Wittman
Publsiher: Berghahn Books
Total Pages: 262
Release: 2012-07-30
ISBN 10: 0857457489
ISBN 13: 9780857457486
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Environment and Citizenship in Latin America Book Review:

Scholarship related to environmental questions in Latin America has only recently begun to coalesce around citizenship as both an empirical site of inquiry and an analytical frame of reference. This has led to a series of new insights and perspectives, but few efforts have been made to bring these various approaches into a sustained conversation across different social, temporal and geographic contexts. This volume is the result of a collaborative endeavour to advance debates on environmental citizenship, while simultaneously and systematically addressing broader theoretical and methodological questions related to the particularities of studying environment and citizenship in Latin America. Providing a window onto leading scholarship in the field, the book also sets an ambitious agenda to spark further research.

Itineraries of Expertise

Itineraries of Expertise
Author: Andra Chastain,Timothy Lorek
Publsiher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2020-03-17
ISBN 10: 0822987325
ISBN 13: 9780822987321
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Itineraries of Expertise Book Review:

Itineraries of Expertise contends that experts and expertise played fundamental roles in the Latin American Cold War. While traditional Cold War histories of the region have examined diplomatic, intelligence, and military operations and more recent studies have probed the cultural dimensions of the conflict, the experts who constitute the focus of this volume escaped these categories. Although they often portrayed themselves as removed from politics, their work contributed to the key geopolitical agendas of the day. The paths traveled by the experts in this volume not only traversed Latin America and connected Latin America to the Global North, they also stretch traditional chronologies of the Latin American Cold War to show how local experts in the early twentieth century laid the foundation for post–World War II development projects, and how Cold War knowledge of science, technology, and the environment continues to impact our world today. These essays unite environmental history and the history of science and technology to argue for the importance of expertise in the Latin American Cold War.

Liquid Ecologies in Latin American and Caribbean Art

Liquid Ecologies in Latin American and Caribbean Art
Author: Lisa Blackmore,Liliana Gómez
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 230
Release: 2020-07-02
ISBN 10: 0429533888
ISBN 13: 9780429533884
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Liquid Ecologies in Latin American and Caribbean Art Book Review:

This interdisciplinary book brings into dialogue research on how different fluids and bodies of water are mobilised as liquid ecologies in the arts in Latin America and the Caribbean. Examining the visual arts, including multimedia installations, performance, photography and film, the chapters place diverse fluids and systems of flow in art historical, ecocritical and cultural analytical contexts. The book will be of interest to scholars of art history, cultural studies, environmental humanities, blue humanities, ecocriticism, Latin American and Caribbean studies, and island studies.

The Social Causes of Environmental Destruction in Latin America

The Social Causes of Environmental Destruction in Latin America
Author: Michael Painter,William H. Durham
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 274
Release: 1995
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:49015002244151
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Social Causes of Environmental Destruction in Latin America Book Review:

An important and timely study of environmental degradation in Central and South America

A Companion to Latin American History

A Companion to Latin American History
Author: Thomas H. Holloway
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2011-03-21
ISBN 10: 9781444391640
ISBN 13: 144439164X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Companion to Latin American History Book Review:

The Companion to Latin American History collects the work of leading experts in the field to create a single-source overview of the diverse history and current trends in the study of Latin America. Presents a state-of-the-art overview of the history of Latin America Written by the top international experts in the field 28 chapters come together as a superlative single source of information for scholars and students Recognizes the breadth and diversity of Latin American history by providing systematic chronological and geographical coverage Covers both historical trends and new areas of interest

Natural Resources Extraction and Indigenous Rights in Latin America

Natural Resources  Extraction and Indigenous Rights in Latin America
Author: Marcela Torres Wong
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 164
Release: 2018-09-03
ISBN 10: 135121022X
ISBN 13: 9781351210225
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Natural Resources Extraction and Indigenous Rights in Latin America Book Review:

In 1989, the International Labor Organization stated that all indigenous peoples living in the postcolonial world were entitled to the right to prior consultation, over activities that could potentially impact their territories and traditional livelihoods. However, in many cases the economic importance of industries such as mining and oil condition the way that governments implement the right to prior consultation. This book explores extractive conflicts between indigenous populations, the government and oil and mining companies in Latin America, namely Mexico, Peru and Bolivia. Building on two years of research and drawing on the state-corporate and environmental crime literatures, this book examines the legal, extralegal, illegal as well as political strategies used by the state and extractive companies to avoid undesired results produced by the legalization of the right to prior consultation. It examines the ways in which prior consultation is utilized by powerful indigenous actors to negotiate economic resources with the state and extractive companies, while also showing the ways in which weaker indigenous groups are incapable of engaging in prior consultations in a meaningful way and are therefore left at the mercy of negative ecological impacts. It demonstrates how social mobilization—not prior consultation—is the most effective strategy in preventing extraction from moving forward within ecologically fragile indigenous territories.

Environmental Governance in Latin America

Environmental Governance in Latin America
Author: Fabio De Castro,Barbara Hogenboom,Michiel Baud
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 338
Release: 2016-03-24
ISBN 10: 1137505729
ISBN 13: 9781137505729
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Environmental Governance in Latin America Book Review:

This book is open access under a CC-BY license. The multiple purposes of nature – livelihood for communities, revenues for states, commodities for companies, and biodiversity for conservationists – have turned environmental governance in Latin America into a highly contested arena. In such a resource-rich region, unequal power relations, conflicting priorities, and trade-offs among multiple goals have led to a myriad of contrasting initiatives that are reshaping social relations and rural territories. This edited collection addresses these tensions by unpacking environmental governance as a complex process of formulating and contesting values, procedures and practices shaping the access, control and use of natural resources. Contributors from various fields address the challenges, limitations, and possibilities for a more sustainable, equal, and fair development. In this book, environmental governance is seen as an overarching concept defining the dynamic and multi-layered repertoire of society-nature interactions, where images of nature and discourses on the use of natural resources are mediated by contextual processes at multiple scales.

Environmental Crime in Latin America

Environmental Crime in Latin America
Author: David Rodríguez Goyes,Hanneke Mol,Avi Brisman,Nigel South
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 313
Release: 2017-09-22
ISBN 10: 1137557052
ISBN 13: 9781137557056
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Environmental Crime in Latin America Book Review:

This book is the first green criminology text to focus specifically on Latin America. Green criminology has always adopted a broad horizon and explicitly emphasised that environmental crimes and harms affect countries and cultures around the world. The chapters collected here illuminate and describe the “theft of nature” and the “poisoning of the land” in Latin America through and from processes of agro-industry expansion, biopiracy, legal and illegal trafficking of free-born non-human animals, and mining. An interdisciplinary study, this collection draws on research from a wide range of international experts on not only green criminology, but also social justice, political ecology and sociology. An engaging and thought-provoking work, this book will be an essential text for anyone interested in current issues in environmental crime.

Soy Globalization and Environmental Politics in South America

Soy  Globalization  and Environmental Politics in South America
Author: Gustavo de L. T. Oliveira,Susanna B. Hecht
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2017-10-24
ISBN 10: 1351583743
ISBN 13: 9781351583749
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Soy Globalization and Environmental Politics in South America Book Review:

Soy in South America constitutes one of the most spectacular booms of agro-industrial commodity production in the world. It is the pinnacle of modernist agro-industrial practices, serving as a key nexus in food–feed–fuel production that underpins the agribusiness–conservationist discourse of "land sparing" through intensification. Yet soy production is implicated in multiple problems beyond deforestation, ranging from pesticide drift and contamination to social exclusion and conflicts in frontier zones, to concentration of wealth and income among the largest landowners and corporations. This book explores in depth the complex dynamics of soy production from its diverse social settings to its transnational connections, examining the politics of commodity and knowledge production, the role of the state, and the reach of corporate power in everyday life across soy landscapes in South America. Ultimately, the collection encourages us to search and struggle for agroecological alternatives through which we may overcome the pitfalls of this massive transnational capitalist agro-industry. This book was originally published as a special issue of The Journal of Peasant Studies.

A History of Indigenous Latin America

A History of Indigenous Latin America
Author: René Harder Horst
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 408
Release: 2020-03-25
ISBN 10: 1351856014
ISBN 13: 9781351856010
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A History of Indigenous Latin America Book Review:

A History of Indigenous Latin America is a comprehensive introduction to the people who first settled in Latin America, from before the arrival of the Europeans to the present. Indigenous history provides a singular perspective to political, social and economic changes that followed European settlement and the African slave trade in Latin America. Set broadly within a postcolonial theoretical framework and enhanced by anthropology, economics, sociology, and religion, this textbook includes military conflicts and nonviolent resistance, transculturation, labor, political organization, gender, and broad selective accommodation. Uniquely organized into periods of 50 years to facilitate classroom use, it allows students to ground important indigenous historical events and cultural changes within the timeframe of a typical university semester. Supported by images, textboxes, and linked documents in each chapter that aid learning and provide a new perspective that broadly enhances Latin American history and studies, it is the perfect introductory textbook for students.

On the Backs of Tortoises

On the Backs of Tortoises
Author: Elizabeth Hennessy
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2019-10-29
ISBN 10: 0300249152
ISBN 13: 9780300249156
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On the Backs of Tortoises Book Review:

An insightful exploration of the iconic Galápagos tortoises, and how their fate is inextricably linked to our own in a rapidly changing world The Galápagos archipelago is often viewed as a last foothold of pristine nature. For sixty years, conservationists have worked to restore this evolutionary Eden after centuries of exploitation at the hands of pirates, whalers, and island settlers. This book tells the story of the islands’ namesakes—the giant tortoises—as coveted food sources, objects of natural history, and famous icons of conservation and tourism. By doing so, it brings into stark relief the paradoxical, and impossible, goal of conserving species by trying to restore a past state of prehistoric evolution. The tortoises, Elizabeth Hennessy demonstrates, are not prehistoric, but rather microcosms whose stories show how deeply human and nonhuman life are entangled. In a world where evolution is thoroughly shaped by global history, Hennessy puts forward a vision for conservation based on reckoning with the past, rather than trying to erase it.

Ecological Crisis and Cultural Representation in Latin America

Ecological Crisis and Cultural Representation in Latin America
Author: Mark Anderson,Zelia M. Bora
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 362
Release: 2016-10-04
ISBN 10: 1498530966
ISBN 13: 9781498530965
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ecological Crisis and Cultural Representation in Latin America Book Review:

Worldwide environmental crisis has become increasingly visible over the last few decades as the full scope of anthropogenic climate change manifests itself and large-scale natural resource extraction has expanded into formerly remote areas that seemed beyond the reach of industrialization. Scientists and popular culture alike have turned to the term "Anthropocene" to capture the global scale of environmental and even geological transformations that humans have carried out over the last two centuries. The chapters in Ecological Crisis and Cultural Representation in Latin America examine the dynamics and interplay between local cultures and the expansion of global capitalism in Latin America, emphasizing the role of art in bearing witness to and generating awareness of environmental and social crises, but also its possibilities for formulating solutions. They take particular care to draw out the ways in which local environmental crises in Latin American nations are witnessed and imagined as part of a global system, focusing on the problems of time, scale, and complexity as key terms in conceiving the dimensions of crisis. At the same time, they question the notion of the Anthropocene as a species-wide "human" historical project, making visible the coloniality of natural resource extraction in Latin America and its dire effects for local people, cultures, and environments. Taking an ecocritical approach to Latin American cultural production including literature, film, performance, and digital artwork, the chapters in this volume develop a notion of ecological crisis that captures not only its documentary sense in the representation of environmental destruction (the degradation of the oikos), but also the crisis in the modern worldview (logos) that the acknowledgment of crisis provokes. In this sense, crisis is also the promise of a turning point, of the possibilities for change. Latin American representations of ecological crisis thus create the conditions for projects that decolonize environments, developing new, sustainable ways of conceiving of and relating to our world or returning to old ones.

The Nature State

The Nature State
Author: Wilko Graf von Hardenberg,Matthew Kelly,Claudia Leal,Emily Wakild
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 228
Release: 2017-07-14
ISBN 10: 1351764632
ISBN 13: 9781351764636
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Nature State Book Review:

This volume brings together case studies from around the globe (including China, Latin America, the Philippines, Namibia, India and Europe) to explore the history of nature conservation in the twentieth century. It seeks to highlight the state, a central actor in these efforts, which is often taken for granted, and establishes a novel concept – the nature state – as a means for exploring the historical formation of that portion of the state dedicated to managing and protecting nature. Following the Industrial Revolution and post-war exponential increase in human population and consumption, conservation in myriad forms has been one particularly visible way in which the government and its agencies have tried to control, manage or produce nature for reasons other than raw exploitation. Using an interdisciplinary approach and including case studies from across the globe, this edited collection brings together geographers, sociologists, anthropologists and historians in order to examine the degree to which sociopolitical regimes facilitate and shape the emergence and development of nature states. This innovative work marks an early intervention in the tentative turn towards the state in environmental history and will be of great interest to students and practitioners of environmental history, social anthropology and conservation studies.

Watering the Revolution

Watering the Revolution
Author: Mikael D. Wolfe
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-05-19
ISBN 10: 0822373068
ISBN 13: 9780822373063
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Watering the Revolution Book Review:

In Watering the Revolution Mikael D. Wolfe transforms our understanding of Mexican agrarian reform through an environmental and technological history of water management in the emblematic Laguna region. Drawing on extensive archival research in Mexico and the United States, Wolfe shows how during the long Mexican Revolution (1910-1940) engineers’ distribution of water paradoxically undermined land distribution. In so doing, he highlights the intrinsic tension engineers faced between the urgent need for water conservation and the imperative for development during the contentious modernization of the Laguna's existing flood irrigation method into one regulated by high dams, concrete-lined canals, and motorized groundwater pumps. This tension generally resolved in favor of development, which unintentionally diminished and contaminated the water supply while deepening existing rural social inequalities by dividing people into water haves and have-nots, regardless of their access to land. By uncovering the varied motivations behind the Mexican government’s decision to use invasive and damaging technologies despite knowing they were ecologically unsustainable, Wolfe tells a cautionary tale of the long-term consequences of short-sighted development policies.