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Environment, scarcity, and violence [electronic resource] / Thomas F. Homer-Dixon.

By: Homer-Dixon, Thomas F.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1999Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 253 p.) : ill.ISBN: 1400812100 (electronic bk.); 9781400812103 (electronic bk.); 9781400822997 (electronic bk.); 1400822998 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Violence -- Environmental aspects -- Developing countries | Social conflict -- Developing countries | Environmental degradation -- Social aspects -- Developing countries | Renewable natural resources -- Developing countries | Scarcity -- Social aspects | Developing countries -- Environmental conditions | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Violence in Society | Milieuvraagstuk | Sociale conflicten | Violence -- Aspect de l'environnement -- Pays en voie de d�eveloppement | Conflits sociaux -- Pays en voie de d�eveloppement | Environnement -- D�egradation -- Aspect social -- Pays en voie de d�eveloppement | Ressources renouvelables -- Pays en voie de d�eveloppement | Raret�e (�Economie politique) -- Aspect social | Pays en voie de d�eveloppement -- Environnement | Knappheit | Ressourcen | Sozialer Konflikt | Umweltbelastung | Entwicklungsl�anderGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Aufsatzsammlung.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Environment, scarcity, and violence.DDC classification: 303.6 Other classification: 43.40 Online resources: EBSCOhost | EBSCOhost
Contents:
1. Introduction -- Aim and structure of the book -- Key research concepts, methods, and goals -- 2. Overview -- The critical role of environmental resources -- Sources of environmental scarcity -- The importance of context -- Pivotal countries -- Ingenuity and adaptation -- 3. Two centuries of debate -- Neo-Malthusians versus economic optimists -- The distributionist alternative -- Thresholds, interdependence, and interactivity -- Social friction and adaptive failure -- Appendix. How to read a systems diagram -- 4. Environmental scarcity -- Three sources of scarcity -- Factors producing scarcity -- The physical trends of global change -- 5. Interactions and social effects -- Interactions -- Social effects -- Appendix. The causal role of environmental scarcity -- 6. Ingenuity and adaptation -- The nature and role of ingenuity -- Some factors increasing the requirement for ingenuity -- Some factors limiting the supply of ingenuity -- Conclusions -- Appendix. Can poor countries attain endogenous growth? -- 7. Violence -- Types of violent conflict -- Four further cases -- Urban growth and violence -- Implications for international security -- Appendix. Hypothesis testing and case selection -- 8. Conclusions -- Notes -- General readings on environmental security -- Index.
Review: "The Earth's human population is expected to pass eight billion by the year 2025, while rapid growth in the global economy will spur ever increasing demands for natural resources. The world will consequently face growing scarcities of such vital renewable resources as cropland, fresh water, and forests. Thomas Homer-Dixon argues in this sobering book that these environmental scarcities will have profound social consequences - contributing to insurrections, ethnic clashes, urban unrest, and other forms of civil violence, especially in the developing world." "Homer-Dixon is careful to point out that the effects of environmental scarcity are indirect and act in combination with other social, political, and economic stresses. He also acknowledges that human ingenuity can reduce the likelihood of conflict, particularly in countries with efficient markets, capable states, and an educated populace. But he argues that the violent consequences of scarcity should not be underestimated - especially when about half the world's population depends directly on local renewables for their day-to-day well-being."--BOOK JACKET.
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1. Introduction -- Aim and structure of the book -- Key research concepts, methods, and goals -- 2. Overview -- The critical role of environmental resources -- Sources of environmental scarcity -- The importance of context -- Pivotal countries -- Ingenuity and adaptation -- 3. Two centuries of debate -- Neo-Malthusians versus economic optimists -- The distributionist alternative -- Thresholds, interdependence, and interactivity -- Social friction and adaptive failure -- Appendix. How to read a systems diagram -- 4. Environmental scarcity -- Three sources of scarcity -- Factors producing scarcity -- The physical trends of global change -- 5. Interactions and social effects -- Interactions -- Social effects -- Appendix. The causal role of environmental scarcity -- 6. Ingenuity and adaptation -- The nature and role of ingenuity -- Some factors increasing the requirement for ingenuity -- Some factors limiting the supply of ingenuity -- Conclusions -- Appendix. Can poor countries attain endogenous growth? -- 7. Violence -- Types of violent conflict -- Four further cases -- Urban growth and violence -- Implications for international security -- Appendix. Hypothesis testing and case selection -- 8. Conclusions -- Notes -- General readings on environmental security -- Index.

"The Earth's human population is expected to pass eight billion by the year 2025, while rapid growth in the global economy will spur ever increasing demands for natural resources. The world will consequently face growing scarcities of such vital renewable resources as cropland, fresh water, and forests. Thomas Homer-Dixon argues in this sobering book that these environmental scarcities will have profound social consequences - contributing to insurrections, ethnic clashes, urban unrest, and other forms of civil violence, especially in the developing world." "Homer-Dixon is careful to point out that the effects of environmental scarcity are indirect and act in combination with other social, political, and economic stresses. He also acknowledges that human ingenuity can reduce the likelihood of conflict, particularly in countries with efficient markets, capable states, and an educated populace. But he argues that the violent consequences of scarcity should not be underestimated - especially when about half the world's population depends directly on local renewables for their day-to-day well-being."--BOOK JACKET.

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