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Books Written or Edited by GSG Faculty and Special Issues of Journals since 2000

This page brings together books that the School’s faculty members have published since 2000, and is an indication of the creativity, breadth of interest and productivity of our faculty. Of course, our research outputs include far more than books: we also write articles, create GIS software, prepare popular publications and much else. Our books, however, mark an important collective contribution to our discipline and to social and environmental sciences more generally. We take this contribution very seriously.


The Rise of the Hybrid Domain: Collaborative Governance for Social Innovation
Yuko Aoyama (with Balaji Parthasarathy) explores possibilities for new governance structures that blend social and economic missions and advance the livelihoods of the poor in the Global South. Aoyama conceptualizes the rise of the hybrid domain, which refers to an ever-growing “middle” that lies between states and markets. The hybrid domain is comprised of dynamic, heterogeneous, experimental and bottom-up processes to solve a problem, and draws diverse stakeholders, including multinational enterprises (MNEs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social entrepreneurs, and the state. Stakeholders in the hybrid domain have the interest and the willingness to go beyond their conventional knowledge to identify sustainable solutions for social missions. The book focuses on India where various stakeholders are experimenting with social innovation. While most theories of collaboration require developing cohesion by way of shared norms and common agendas, the hybrid domain draws strengths from heterogeneous stakeholders from various geographies, who converge on a common desire for social change. These collaborations aim at inducing social innovation using new technologies, indigenous knowledge and, often, transnational resources. The process of coordination in developing a common agenda, in innovating and designing solutions, and in generating relevant institutions constitutes the rise of the hybrid domain. Although various aspects of the hybrid domain have been reported and analyzed as separate processes – from the marketization of the state to the socialization of markets the authors argue that these processes should be understood within a single conceptual framework.

Industrias Extractivas, Conflicto Social y Dinamicas Institutionales en la Region Andina
Anthony Bebbington (ed.)
Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos/Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales, 2013 (English Version: Social Conflict, Economic Development and the Extractive Industry: Evidence from South America. Routledge, 2011).
NOTE: This book is based on the premise that the expansion of extractive industries in Latin America, and especially in the Andean and Amazonian regions, is occurring on such a scale, and with such velocity, that it is transforming societies, political economies and the territories in which this investment is taking place. Combining case studies and comparative analyses of the interactions among States, companies, NGOs, peasantries and indigenous populations the book asks whether and under what circumstances socio-environmental conflicts over the extaction of natural resources can actually lead to progressive changes in the institutions through which the natural resource industries are governed. The book is particularly relevant for those with an interest in improving the regulation of resource extraction and in reconciling national strategies for economic development with the needs and concerns of those communities and people most directly affected by the extraction of minerals, oil and natural gas.

Global Political Ecology
Edited by Richard Peet, Clark University, Paul Robbins (Ph.D., Clark '96), University of Arizona, and Michael Watts, University of California, Berkeley Published by Routledge, London and New York, 2011
NOTE: This edited volume, Global Political Ecology, is critical book that links the political economy of global capitalism with the political ecology of a series of environmental crises and failed attempts at environmental policies. The editors wrote a long introduction, drawing on their recent published work, as with Peet and Watts, Liberation Ecologies (two editions), Robbins, Political Ecology, and Peluso and Watts Violent Environments. This introduction lays out an explanation of recent trends and crises in terms of political economy, defines the shape and direction of the field of political ecology and explains key concepts and themes to be found throughout. The main body of the book consists of the following sections:
I Food, Health and the Body: Political Ecology of Sustainability
II. Capital’s Margins: Political Ecology of Waste, Displacement and the Slum World
III Risk, Certification and Markets: Political Ecology of Environmental Governance
IV War, Militarism and Insurgency: Political Ecology of Security

Mineria, Movimientos Sociales y Respuestas Campesinas: una ecología política de transformaciones territoriales. Anthony Bebbington (ed.)Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos/Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales, 2007, reprinted with new introduction, 2011 ("Mining, Social Movements and Peasant Responses: a political ecology of territorial transformations") publisher's link.
NOTE: The rapid rise of extractive industries (mining, oil, gas) has been one of the most significant political ecology transformations to have occurred in Latin America since the mid-1990s. Until recently, however, this phenomenon received little research attention. This book – among the earliest academic texts to address extractive industries in the Andean region - combines concepts from political ecology, economic geography and social movements research to analyze the human environmental effects of the expansion of large scale mining in Latin America. The chapters focus on the diverse forms of social mobilization that have emerged in response to this expansion and the nature of the socio-environmental conflicts that have accompanied this expansion. The authors explore the ways in which these phenomena have fundamentally changed the territories and countries in which they occur. Contributions are based on research in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Guatemala.

Key Concepts in Economic Geography
Written by Yuko Aoyama, James Murphy, Clark University, and Susan Hanson, Clark University, Distinguished Professor, Emerita. Published by Sage , Los Angeles, London, Singapore, New Dehli and Washington DC, 2011.
NOTE: Key Concepts in Economic Geography is a new kind of textbook that forms part of an innovative set of companion texts for the Human Geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, Key Concepts in Economic Geography provides a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in Economic Geography.
Table of Contents:
Key Agents in Economic Geography
Labour, Firm, State
Key Drivers of Economic Change
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Accessibility
Industries and Regions in Economic Change
Industrial Location, Industrial Clusters, Regional Disparity, Post-Fordism
Global Economic Geographies
Core-Periphery, Globalization, Circuits of Capital, Global Value Chains
Socio-Cultural Contexts of Economic Change
Culture, Gender, Institutions, Embeddedness, Networks
Emerging Themes in Economic Geography
Knowledge Economy, Financialization,Consumption, Sustainable Development

Cultural Encounters with the Environment: Enduring and Evolving Geographic Themes.
Editd by Alexander B. Murphy and Douglas Johnson, Clark University with the assistance of Viola Haarmann, Published by Rowman & Littlefield, Maryland and Oxford, 2000.
NOTE: In this fresh and original view of contemporary geography, distinguished scholars consider the role of four traditional themes in the "new cultural geography." They explore the interplay between the evolution of particular biophysical niches and the activities of the culture groups that inhabit them; the diffusion of cultural traits; the establishment of definition of culture areas; and the distinctive mix of geographical characteristics that gives places their special character in relation to one another.

10 Geographic Ideas that Changed the World
Edited by Susan Hanson, Clark University, Distinguished Professor Emerita Published by Rutgers University Press, New Jersey, Paperback, 2001.
NOTE: When geographic ideas change the world in our heads, the impact can be read on the ground and in our lives. In these thought-provoking, witty essays, some of America's most distinguished geographers explore the ten geographic ideas that have literally changed the world and the way we think and act. They tackle ideas that impose shape on the world, ideas that mold our understanding of the natural environment, and ideas that establish relationships between people and places. Every one of these ideas has had - and continues to have - deep effect on the way we understand the world and our place in it.