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Nature, raw materials, and political economy

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
eBook, English, 2005
Elsevier JAI, Amsterdam, 2005
1 online resource (xi, 396 pages) : illustrations.
9780080456652, 9781849503143, 0080456650, 1849503141
Nature, Raw Materials, and Political Economy
List of Contributors
Editorial Advisory Board
Nature, Raw Materials, and Political Economy: An Introduction
The Political Economy of Nature and the Concept of Rent
Commodity-Based Analysis and Linkage Theory
The Contributions of this volume to the Political Economy of Nature and Raw Materials
Future Directions for Research
Part I: Theoretical Foundations
Matter, Space, Time, and Technology: How Local Process Drives Global Systems
Matter, Space, and the Logic of Production
Matter, Space, Technology, and Trade: Building a Model of Globalization
How Modern Social Scientific Analysis Neglects Space and Nature
How Earlier Analyses of Local Materio-Spatial Configurations can Enhance Contemporary Analyses of Globalization
Innis's Materio-Spatial Explanations of Canada's Economic History
Conclusion: Raw Materials, Economic Ascent, and Underdevelopment in the Production of Globalization
Environmental Sociology's Theoretical and Empirical Paradoxes
The ''Political Sociologization'' of Sociology and Environmental Sociology
The Paradoxes of Early American Environmental Sociology
Theoretical and Empirical Paradoxes and the Future Agenda for Environmental Sociology
Concluding Remarks
For a Sociology of 'Socionature': Ontology and the Commodity-Based Approach
Advantages of Ant for the Sociology of Socionature
The Transformation of Sociology's Object of Inquiry
Asymmetrical Interrelation of Nature and Society
'Socionature' and the Co-construction of Nature and Society
Addressing Challenges to a Sociology of Socionature: Bunker's Commodity-Based Approach and Conjoint Constitution
The Agency of Nature
Intentionality and Humanism
Linking the 'Local' and the 'Global' in Theory
Periodization of Socionatural Change
Keeping Time: Temporal Hierarchies in Socio-Ecological Systems
Social Time, Human Behavior, and Environmental Outcomes
Temporal Grains and Temporal Fallacies
Time, Uncertainty, and the Burden of Proof
Hierarchies of Social Time
Hierarchies of Ecological Time
Socio-Ecological Hierarchies and Deforestation
Cycles of Accumulation, Crisis, Materials, and Space: Can Different Theories of Change be Reconciled?
Introduction: Hegemony and Accumulation
Arrighi's Cycles of Accumulation
Bunker's Materio-Spatial Model of Ascent
Return to Crisis Theory
Hegemony and Local Change
Part II: Commodities, Extraction and Frontiers
Starting at the Beginning: Extractive Economies as the Unexamined Origins of Global Commodity Chains
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