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Environmental Conflict and Social Change

A satellite image showing clouds of pollution over Eastern China.

Particle pollution in Eastern China. Haze accumulates from the burning of carbon-based fuels. (Image courtesy of the NASA Earth Observatory.)


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Fall 2005



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This graduate-level class explores the complex interrelationships among humans and natural environments, focusing on non-western parts of the world in addition to Europe and the United States. It uses environmental conflict to draw attention to competing understandings and uses of "nature" as well as the local, national and transnational power relationships in which environmental interactions are embedded. In addition to utilizing a range of theoretical perspectives, this subject draws upon a series of ethnographic case studies of environmental conflicts in various parts of the world.

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Christine Walley. STS.320 Environmental Conflict and Social Change. Fall 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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