Ecoviolence

Links Among Environment, Population, and Security

Contributions by Peter Gizewski, Philip Howard, Kimberly Kelly, Valerie Percival Edited by Thomas Homer-Dixon, Jessica Blitt

Publication date:

03 September 1998

Length of book:

256 pages

Publisher

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9780847688692

Ecoviolence explores links between environmental scarcities of key renewable resources—such as cropland, fresh water, and forests—and violent rebellions, insurgencies, and ethnic clashes in developing countries. Detailed contemporary studies of civil violence in Chiapas, Gaza, South Africa, Pakistan, and Rwanda show how environmental scarcity has played a limited to significant role in causing social instability in each of these contexts. Drawing upon theory and key findings from the case studies, the authors suggest that environmental scarcity will worsen in many poor countries in coming decades and will become an increasingly important cause of major civil violence.
These days speculation is rampant about whether environmental stresses and scarcities are factors contributing to violent conflict within societies. This volume—based on carefully structured case studies from five very different countries—offers a valuable reality check. Ecoviolence effectively demonstrates that the causal relationships between the environment and societal unrest are considerably more complex than is widely presumed.