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Ecologically Unequal Exchange

Environmental Injustice in Comparative and Historical Perspective

Editors: Frey, R. Scott, Gellert, Paul K., Dahms, Harry (Eds.)

  • Assesses the theory of Ecologically Unequal Exchange from a world-system approach
  • Reflects critically on the foundational insights of Stephen G Bunker
  • Uses an energy-based accounting of unequal exchanges to demonstrate how inequalities are produced
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At a time of societal urgency surrounding ecological crises from depleted fisheries to mineral extraction and potential pathways towards environmental and ecological justice, this book re-examines ecologically unequal exchange (EUE) from a historical and comparative perspective. The theory of ecologically unequal exchange posits that core or northern consumption and capital accumulation is based on peripheral or southern environmental degradation and extraction. In other words, structures of social and environmental inequality between the Global North and Global South are founded in the extraction of materials from, as well as displacement of waste to, the South. This volume represents a set of tightly interlinked papers with the aim to assess ecologically unequal exchange and to move it forward. Chapters are organised into three main sections: theoretical foundations and critical reflections on ecologically unequal exchange; empirical research on mining, deforestation, fisheries, and the like; and strategies for responding to the adverse consequences associated with unequal ecological exchange. Scholars as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate students will benefit from the spirited re-evaluation and extension of ecologically unequal exchange theory, research, and praxis.

About the authors

Harry F. Dahms is Professor of Sociology, co-director of the Center for the Study of Social Justice, and co-chair of the Committee on Social Theory at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, USA. He is the editor of ‘Current Perspectives in Social Theory’ and director of the International Social Theory Consortium. 
R. Scott Frey is Professor of Sociology and co-director of the Center for the Study of Social Justice at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, USA, and Senior Associate Researcher at the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research at the National Research University, Russian Federation. 
Paul K. Gellert is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville USA and Affiliated Fellow at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), the Netherlands. 

Reviews

“Ecologically Unequal Exchange stands for what is now widely recognized as a key area of investigation in environmental sociology. In this varied collection, R. Scott Frey, Paul K. Gellert, and Harry F. Dahms bring together a number of interesting essays on the topic, adding to this burgeoning literature, and in a way that will undoubtedly influence the further development of the field.” (John Bellamy Foster, Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon; author (with Paul Burkett) of Marx and the Earth)

“State-of-the-art theory and analysis of global inequality and power in the web of life. Ecologically Unequal Exchange offers a series of creative, insightful, and empirically-grounded accounts of how capitalism forges destructive and unequal developments, with gruesome impacts on humans and the rest of nature.” (Jason W. Moore, Professor of Sociology, Binghamton University; author of Capitalism in the Web of Life)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Ecologically Unequal Exchange in Comparative and Historical Perspective

    Frey, R. Scott (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

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  • Toward a Theory of Ecologically Unequal Exchange

    Bunker, Stephen G.

    Pages 13-47

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  • Ecologically Unequal Exchange and Raw Materialism: The Material Foundations of the Capitalist World-Economy

    Ciccantell, Paul S.

    Pages 49-73

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  • The Role of the Semi-Periphery in Ecologically Unequal Exchange: A Case Study of Land Investments in Cambodia

    Frame, Mariko

    Pages 75-106

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  • Bunker’s Ecologically Unequal Exchange, Foster’s Metabolic Rift, and Moore’s World-Ecology: Distinctions With or Without a Difference?

    Gellert, Paul K.

    Pages 107-140

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eBook ¥12,752
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-89740-0
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover ¥15,941
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-89739-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ecologically Unequal Exchange
Book Subtitle
Environmental Injustice in Comparative and Historical Perspective
Editors
  • R. Scott Frey
  • Paul K. Gellert
  • Harry Dahms
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-89740-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-89740-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-89739-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 331
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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