Political Ecology of Climate Change Adaptation: Livelihoods, Agrarian Change and the Conflicts of De
This book provides the first systematic critique of the concept of climate change adaptation that is now deeply embedded in the field of international development. While scholars and practitioners currently debate how to conceptualise and enact adaptation, this work powerfully argues that adaptation itself is a problematic starting point that strongly limits the ways in which we understand the nature and impacts of climatic change. Drawing on a closely reworked political ecology framework, it argues that climatic change is not something ‘out there’ that we adapt to, but is an internal yet strikingly uneven part of the way in which lived environments are actively produced through tethered social and biophysical forces. In so doing, the book challenges us to rethink established concepts such as vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity in profoundly transformed ways. These arguments are concretised through three detailed case studies in agrarian Asia that demonstrate how climatic change emerges as core element in the ongoing transformation of contested rural landscapes. In so doing, the book recalibrates the very frameworks through which we envisage climatic change in the context of contemporary debates over development, livelihoods and poverty.