Political Ecology

As critique, political ecology seeks to expose dominant approaches to the environment favored by corporate, state, and international authorities, working to demonstrate the undesirable impacts of policies and market conditions, especially from the point of view of local people, marginal groups, and vulnerable populations. It works to “denaturalize” certain social and environmental conditions, showing them to be the contingent outcomes of power, and inevitable.

As critical historiography, deconstruction, and myth-busting research, political ecology brings light to the mainstrean narratives by understanding the stories, methods, and policies that create pernicious social and environmental outcomes. These critical efforts have more recently been extended to encompass research that not only demonstrates the way many dominant narratives are instrumental in political and ecological change. Political ecology suggests, moreover, that the myth of a “pristine” environment was itself important in the colonial process of marginalizing, disenfranchising and dispossess native peoples. By writing indigenous people out of the landscape, the colonial control was easier to carry out. Political ecology changes and widens perspective to such stories. By recovering disappearing knowledges, management practices, a better understanding both of the regulatory systems in which they inhere, and the conditions under which knowledges and practices become part of alternative development strategies; political ecology seeks not simply to be retrospective or reactive, but to be progressive.

This course includes 16 weeks of live webinars that will happen on Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30pm Central Time (5:30-6:30pm PST) between February 19 and June 10, 2020. The Cooperative New School offers these courses on a sliding scale so that you may pay the amount that is comfortable for you. However, the more you give, the better our economic sustainability. After you choose the tier that you are able to pay, you will then have the option to pay right away or pay later through donations to the Cooperative New School. This course is facilitated by Gabriela Villavicencio. Please write to Corbin with any questions you may have.

Political Ecology

the mountain of San Pedro, San Luis Potosí, México before 2007, when mining began. (Left photo from the FAO 2013; right photo by Jesse Samaniego Leyva, 2013.)

When
February 19th, 2020 5:00 AM   through   June 10th, 2020 6:00 AM
Course Enrollment
Sliding Scale Fee
Tier 9 $ 500.00
Tier 8 $ 450.00
Tier 7 $ 400.00
Tier 6 $ 350.00
Tier 5 $ 300.00
Tier 4 $ 250.00
Tier 3 $ 200.00
Tier 2 $ 150.00
Tier 1 $ 100.00
Available Courses
Courses Political Ecology

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