The fight for the West: A political ecology of land-use conflicts in Arizona

Mette J. Brogden, James B. Greenberg

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In the global economy, the commodification of nature and the territorialization practices of nation-states pose formidable challenges to sustainable uses of natural resources. Certain environmental problems such as growth management and residential sprawl have proved to be intractable issues in our existing political processes. This case study of grazing and growth conflicts in Arizona demonstrates that intractable environmental problems may actually be emergent properties of complex systems, requiring new political approaches that foster collaboration and knowledge sharing between disputing stakeholders. One such multi-stakeholder collaboration in Arizona revealed that attempts to remove grazing from Arizona landscapes could actually be detrimental to biodiversity, contrary to the expectations of grazing critics.1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolitical Ecology Across Spaces, Scales, and Social Groups
PublisherRutgers University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780813542546
ISBN (Print)0813534771, 9780813534770
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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