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Environmental politics in the Middle East: local struggles, global connections

Contributor(s): Verhoeven, Harry [Editor].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London C. Hurst & Co. Publishers 2018Description: xi, 345 p.: ill. Includes references and index.ISBN: 9781849049672.Subject(s): Middle East | Environmentalism - Political aspects | Environmental policyDDC classification: 333.720956 Summary: This book investigates how ecology and politics meet in the Middle East and how those interactions connect to the global political economy. Through region-wide analyses and case studies from the Arabian Peninsula, the Gulf of Aden, the Levant and North Africa, the volume highlights the intimate connections of environmental activism, energy infrastructure, and illicit commodity trading with the political economies of Central Asia, the Horn of Africa and the Indian subcontinent. The book’s nine chapters analyze how the exploitation and representation of the environment have shaped the history of the region- and determined its place in global politics. It argues that how the environment is understood, instrumentalized, and intervened upon is the product of political struggle: deconstructing ideas and practices of environmental change means unraveling claims of authority and legitimacy. This is particularly important in a region frequently seen through the prism of environmental determinism, where ruling elites have imposed authoritarian control as the corollary of ‘environmental crisis’. This unique and urgent collection will question much of what we think we know about this pressing issue. https://www.hurstpublishers.com/book/environmental-politics-middle-east/
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Table of contents

Introduction: The Middle East in Global Environmental Politics
1. Environmental Activism in the Middle East and North Africa
2. Tunisian Phosphates and the Politics of the Periphery
3. The Securitization of Oil and Its Ramifications in the Gulf
4. Greening Gulf Landscapes: Economic Opportunities, Social Tradeoffs and Sustainability Challenges
5. Burning Somalia’s Future: The Illegal Charcoal Trade between the Horn of Africa and the Gulf
6. Illegal Fishing and Piracy in the Horn of Africa: The Role of the MENA Region
7. Learning Geopolitical Pluralism: Toward a New International Oil Regime?
8. Scarcity Drives Economic Development: The Effect of Energy Subsidies on Export Diversification in the Middle East
9. The Politics of Natural Resources in the Caspian Sea: A New Great Game in an Ancient World
Notes
Bibliography for Introduction Only
Index

This book investigates how ecology and politics meet in the Middle East and how those interactions connect to the global political economy. Through region-wide analyses and case studies from the Arabian Peninsula, the Gulf of Aden, the Levant and North Africa, the volume highlights the intimate connections of environmental activism, energy infrastructure, and illicit commodity trading with the political economies of Central Asia, the Horn of Africa and the Indian subcontinent.
The book’s nine chapters analyze how the exploitation and representation of the environment have shaped the history of the region- and determined its place in global politics. It argues that how the environment is understood, instrumentalized, and intervened upon is the product of political struggle: deconstructing ideas and practices of environmental change means unraveling claims of authority and legitimacy. This is particularly important in a region frequently seen through the prism of environmental determinism, where ruling elites have imposed authoritarian control as the corollary of ‘environmental crisis’. This unique and urgent collection will question much of what we think we know about this pressing issue.

https://www.hurstpublishers.com/book/environmental-politics-middle-east/

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