Provincialising nature: multidisciplinary approaches to the politics of the environment in Latin America

Edited by Michela Coletta and Malayna Raftopoulos
4 August 2016
234 × 156 mm
218 pp
Paperback: 978-1-908857-20-0
PDF: 978-1-908857-81-1
Provincialising Nature: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Politics of the Environment in Latin America offers a timely analysis of some of the crucial challenges, contradictions and promises within current environmental discourses and practices in the region. This book shows both challenging scenarios and original perspectives that have emerged in Latin America in relation to the globally urgent issues of climate change and the environmental crisis. Two interconnected analytical frameworks guide the discussions in the book: the relationship between nature, knowledge and identity and their role in understanding recent and current practices of climate change and environmental policy. The different chapters in this volume contribute to this debate by offering multidisciplinary perspectives on particular aspects of these two frameworks and through a multidirectional outlook that links the local, national, regional and transnational levels of inquiry across a diverse geographical spectrum.
1. Whose natures? Whose knowledges? An introduction to epistemic politics and eco-ontologies in Latin America
Michela Coletta and Malayna Raftopoulos

2. The poetics of plants in Latin American literature
Lesley Wylie

3. Hybrid traditions: permaculture, plants and the politics of nature in El Salvador
Naomi Millner

4. Agri-cultural practice and agroecological discourse in the Anthropocene: confronting environmental change and food insecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean
Graham Woodgate

5. Brazil and the international politics of climate change: leading by example?
Marieke Riethof

6. REDD+ in Latin America: promises and challenges
Anthony Hall

7. Nature, space, identity and resource extraction: paradoxes of discourses around indigeneity and environment in Bolivia
Katinka Weber

8. The difference indigeneity makes: socio-natures, knowledges and contested policy in Ecuador
Sarah A. Radcliffe