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Author Homer-Dixon, Thomas F.

Title Environment, scarcity, and violence / Thomas F. Homer-Dixon.

Publication Info. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1999]

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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 253 pages) : illustrations
Physical Medium polychrome
Description text file
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- Aim and structure of the book -- Key research concepts, methods, and goals -- 2. Overview -- The critical role of environmental resources -- Sources of environmental scarcity -- The importance of context -- Pivotal countries -- Ingenuity and adaptation -- 3. Two centuries of debate -- Neo-Malthusians versus economic optimists -- The distributionist alternative -- Thresholds, interdependence, and interactivity -- Social friction and adaptive failure -- Appendix. How to read a systems diagram -- 4. Environmental scarcity -- Three sources of scarcity -- Factors producing scarcity -- The physical trends of global change -- 5. Interactions and social effects -- Interactions -- Social effects -- Appendix. The causal role of environmental scarcity -- 6. Ingenuity and adaptation -- The nature and role of ingenuity -- Some factors increasing the requirement for ingenuity -- Some factors limiting the supply of ingenuity -- Conclusions -- Appendix. Can poor countries attain endogenous growth? -- 7. Violence -- Types of violent conflict -- Four further cases -- Urban growth and violence -- Implications for international security -- Appendix. Hypothesis testing and case selection -- 8. Conclusions -- Notes -- General readings on environmental security -- Index.
Summary "The Earth's human population is expected to pass eight billion by the year 2025, while rapid growth in the global economy will spur ever increasing demands for natural resources. The world will consequently face growing scarcities of such vital renewable resources as cropland, fresh water, and forests. Thomas Homer-Dixon argues in this sobering book that these environmental scarcities will have profound social consequences - contributing to insurrections, ethnic clashes, urban unrest, and other forms of civil violence, especially in the developing world." "Homer-Dixon is careful to point out that the effects of environmental scarcity are indirect and act in combination with other social, political, and economic stresses. He also acknowledges that human ingenuity can reduce the likelihood of conflict, particularly in countries with efficient markets, capable states, and an educated populace. But he argues that the violent consequences of scarcity should not be underestimated - especially when about half the world's population depends directly on local renewables for their day-to-day well-being."--Jacket.
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Subject Violence -- Environmental aspects -- Developing countries.
Violence -- Environmental aspects.
Developing countries.
Social conflict -- Developing countries.
Social conflict.
Environmental degradation -- Social aspects -- Developing countries.
Environmental degradation -- Social aspects.
Environmental degradation.
Renewable natural resources -- Developing countries.
Renewable natural resources.
Scarcity -- Social aspects.
Scarcity -- Social aspects.
Developing countries -- Environmental conditions.
Environmental conditions.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Homer-Dixon, Thomas F. Environment, scarcity, and violence. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1999 (DLC) 98034878
ISBN 1400812100 (electronic book)
9781400812103 (electronic book)
9781400822997 (electronic book)
1400822998 (electronic book)
9780230118966 (electronic book)
0230118968 (electronic book)
0691027943 (CL ; alkaline paper)