26  Human-environmental integration and social power in global environmental change research

David Manuel-Navarrete

Introduction

The last three or four generations are causing and/or enduring unprecedented rates of global environmental change (GEC), a human-induced phenomenon linked to the globalization of capitalist modernity. However, academic and policy arenas tend to formulate and represent it as a geophysical, chemical and bioecological (natural) event with a ³human dimension² (see for instance: Committee on Global Change Research, 1999; Munn, 2002). Such representations acknowledge that GEC requires policy and market responses, but these responses are not necessarily related to the socio-political phenomena that traditionally concern social ...

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