Privatizing Nature: Political Struggles for the Global Commons

Privatizing Nature Political Struggles for the Global Commons The concept of commons has traditionally served as a device for controlling land forests rivers and natural resources Now as we approach the twenty first century new forms of enclosures and notio

  • Title: Privatizing Nature: Political Struggles for the Global Commons
  • Author: Michael Goldman
  • ISBN: 9780813525549
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • The concept of commons has traditionally served as a device for controlling land, forests, rivers, and natural resources Now, as we approach the twenty first century, new forms of enclosures and notions of private property are emerging from water rights, biodiversity, and gene pools of plants and humans to the demands of multinational corporations for free access to mThe concept of commons has traditionally served as a device for controlling land, forests, rivers, and natural resources Now, as we approach the twenty first century, new forms of enclosures and notions of private property are emerging from water rights, biodiversity, and gene pools of plants and humans to the demands of multinational corporations for free access to land for investment and exploitation The power of the commons is still flourishing and the global commons now provides the central metaphor for ecological politics.The contributors to Privatizing Nature examine the reasons behind the political resurgence of the commons, and the widespread struggle to transform existing nature society relations into ones that are non exploitative, socially just, and ecologically healthy Tackling the key themes such as the convergence of environment and social justice, global commodities, and the role of social movements the authors draw on examples form the , Mexico, Cameroon, India, and the industrialized North They argue that, although environmental problems like the Chernobyl disaster suggest that the world is indeed shrinking, the fate of the global commons should not be left to a new powerful class of global problem solvers at the World Bank, IMF, NAFTA, and WTO By contrast, the authors highlight the political expertise of social movements fighting dominant strategies to privatize nature The contributors are Giovanna DiChiro USA , Antonio Diegues Brazil , Michael Flitner Germany , Michael Goldman USA , Samuel Alain Nguiffo Cameroon , Sanjeev Prakash India , Lynn Stephen USA , and Michael Thompson United Kingdom.

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