Ecological States: Politics of Science and Nature in Urbanizing China
Published by: Cornell University Press
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Sales Date: 2023-06-15
Published: June 2023
264 Pages, 5.90 x 9.00 x 0.70 in, 13 b&w halftones, 6 b&w line drawings, 2 maps
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Ecological States critically examines ecological policies in the People's Republic of China to show how campaigns of scientifically based environmental protection transform nature and society. While many point to China's ecological civilization programs as a new paradigm for global environmental governance, Jesse Rodenbiker argues that ecological redlining extends the reach of the authoritarian state.
Although Chinese urban sustainability initiatives have driven millions of citizens from their land and housing, Rodenbiker shows that these migrants are not passive subjects of state policy. Instead, they creatively navigate resettlement processes in pursuit of their own benefit. However, their resistance is limited by varied forms of state-backed infrastructural violence.
Through extensive fieldwork with scientists, urban planners, and everyday citizens in southwestern China, Ecological States exposes the ways in which the scientific logics and practices fundamental to China's green urbanization have solidified state power and contributed to dispossession and social inequality
With support from the Henry Luce Foundation, our goal is to produce all titles in this series both in Open Access, for reasons of global accessibility and equity, as well as in print editions.
Introduction: Ecological States
Part I: Ecology and State Power
1. Making Ecology Developmental
2. Botany, Beauty, Purification
3. Ecological Territorialization
Part II : Ecology and Social Trajectories
4. Ecological Migrations, Volumetric Aspirations
5. Rural Redux
6. Infrastructural Diffusion
Epilogue: Global Ecological Futures