Migration, Environment and Inequality: Perspectives of a Political Ecology of Translocal Relations

Type

Book section

Author(s)

Greiner, Clemens
Sakdapolrak, Patrick

Title

Migration, Environment and Inequality: Perspectives of a Political Ecology of Translocal Relations

Date

2016

Editor(s)

McLeman, Robert
Schade, Jeanette
Faist, Thomas

Book Title

Environmental Migration and Social Inequality

Publisher

Springer International Publishing

Abstract

Research into the relationship between environment and migration—particularly how the environment influences the decision to migrate—has gained currency in the last decade. However, the growing body of recent environmental-migration literature exhibits an under-theorized and depoliticized notion of the environment. Furthermore, migration is usually perceived as an emergency response, a one-time movement, neglecting the often inherent circularity and continuous effects of migration. In this chapter, we introduce the concepts of translocality and political ecology as a means to address this lapse. We also propose a political ecology of translocal relations as a framework for research into the migration-environment nexus. This to be an important issue in this time of mounting and often reductionist debates.

Citation

Greiner, C. and P. Sakdapolrak (2016). Migration, Environment and Inequality: Perspectives of a Political Ecology of Translocal Relations. Environmental Migration and Social Inequality. R. McLeman, J. Schade and T. Faist. Cham, Springer International Publishing: 151-163. URL : http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-25796-9_10