Political Ecologies of Displacement

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This chapter charts the ways political ecology approaches have been applied in analysing and challenging displacement across a range of socio-political and ecological contexts. It considers the contribution made by materialist political ecology in challenging positivist and behavioural science-inspired analyses of displacement, hazard and risk before turning to analyses that also draw on poststructuralist concepts to examine displacements associated with the governance of commodified nature through technical fixes that rework society-nature relationships, in practices such as infrastructure development, conservation and environmental restoration. The chapter concludes by considering the knowledge politics that make displacement appear as a ‘natural’ outcome, and which explore the messy and embodied politics of resistance that challenge its inevitability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Displacement
EditorsPeter Adey, Janet Bowstead, Katherine Brickell, Vandana Desai, Mike Dolton, Alastair Pinkerton, Ayesha Siddiqi
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783030471781
ISBN (Print)9783030471774
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2020


  • political ecology
  • displacement
  • human geography

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