The 'Ecosystem Approach' in International Environmental Law : Genealogy and Biopolitics
Against this background, this book addresses the question of whether the ecosystem approach represents a paradigm shift in international environmental law and governance, or whether it is in conceptual and operative continuity with legal modernity. This central question is explored through a combined genealogical and biopolitical framework, which reveals how the ecosystem approach is the result of multiple contingencies and contestations, and of the interplay of divergent and sometimes irreconcilable ideological projects. The ecosystem approach, this books shows, does not have a univocal identity, and must be understood as both signalling the potential for a decisive shift in the philosophical orientation of law and the operationalisation of a biopolitical framework of control that is in continuity with, and even intensifies, the eco-destructive tendencies of legal modernity. It is, however, in revealing this disjunction that the book opens up the possibility of moving beyond the already tired assessment of environmental law through the binary of anthropocentrism and ecocentrism.
- Hardback | 301 pages
- 156 x 234 x 19.05mm | 590g
- 16 Apr 2019
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
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Table of contents
Part I: Setting the Stage
1. Setting the Stage
Part II: A Genealogical Reading of the Ecosystem Approach
2. Genealogy as a Legal Method
3. Locating the 'Ecosystem Approach'
4. The Multiplicity of the 'Ecosystem Approach': Histories, Concepts, Names
5. Underneath the 'Ecosystem Approach': Ecology as a Framework of Ambiguity
6. The 'Ecosystem Approach' between Competing Narratives
Part III: A Biopolitical Reading of the 'Ecosystem Approach'
7. Beyond Anthropocentrism and Ecocentrism
8. A Biopolitical Framework
9. A Biopolitical Critique of the 'Ecosystem Approach': Biodiversity Conservation
10. Inside and against Biopolitics: Towards a Productive Reading of the 'Ecosystem Approach'?
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