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Ecologically unequal exchange and landesque capital on Kinmen Island

Clark, Eric LU and Tsai, Huei-Min LU (2009) In Asia-Pacific Forum 44. p.148-167
Abstract
Two conceptual tools in historical analyses of environmental issues and

political ecologies have gained much attention in recent years: ecologically

unequal exchange and landesque capital. The former narrows in on how

societal relations of power allow for the physical transfer of environmental

degradation—upon which our daily consumption rests—to places far away

from our environmentally clean (and therefore often presumed sustainable)

homes, cities and regions. The latter focuses instead on the power of human

activity to improve environmental conditions, commonly in terms of soil

fertility, biodiversity, land cover, carrying capacity, resilience vis-à-vis

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Two conceptual tools in historical analyses of environmental issues and

political ecologies have gained much attention in recent years: ecologically

unequal exchange and landesque capital. The former narrows in on how

societal relations of power allow for the physical transfer of environmental

degradation—upon which our daily consumption rests—to places far away

from our environmentally clean (and therefore often presumed sustainable)

homes, cities and regions. The latter focuses instead on the power of human

activity to improve environmental conditions, commonly in terms of soil

fertility, biodiversity, land cover, carrying capacity, resilience vis-à-vis

ecological degradation, or other dimensions of sustainability. One draws

attention to the geographically uneven and ecologically detrimental

consequences of human activities, while the other draws attention to the

potential of human activities to reinforce the resilience and sustainability of

social-ecological systems. There is an interesting tension between these

processes which calls for closer inspection. The purpose of this paper is to

bring them together in the same empirical analysis. (Less)
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political ecologies have gained much attention in recent years: ecologically<br/><br>
unequal exchange and landesque capital. The former narrows in on how<br/><br>
societal relations of power allow for the physical transfer of environmental<br/><br>
degradation—upon which our daily consumption rests—to places far away<br/><br>
from our environmentally clean (and therefore often presumed sustainable)<br/><br>
homes, cities and regions. The latter focuses instead on the power of human<br/><br>
activity to improve environmental conditions, commonly in terms of soil<br/><br>
fertility, biodiversity, land cover, carrying capacity, resilience vis-à-vis<br/><br>
ecological degradation, or other dimensions of sustainability. One draws<br/><br>
attention to the geographically uneven and ecologically detrimental<br/><br>
consequences of human activities, while the other draws attention to the<br/><br>
potential of human activities to reinforce the resilience and sustainability of<br/><br>
social-ecological systems. There is an interesting tension between these<br/><br>
processes which calls for closer inspection. The purpose of this paper is to<br/><br>
bring them together in the same empirical analysis.},
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  series       = {Asia-Pacific Forum},
  title        = {Ecologically unequal exchange and landesque capital on Kinmen Island},
  volume       = {44},
  year         = {2009},
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