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Upending climate violence research: fossil fuel corporations and the structural violence of climate change

Bonds, Eric

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There is a high-profile body of work asserting a link between anthropogenic climate change and increased rates of violence. There is also an expanding literature that is highly skeptical of this research. Critics point out that (1) this research has so far produced widely divergent findings, and that there is no consensus on a causal link between climate and the incidence of conflict. Critics also argue that much climate violence research (2) draws upon a long-discredited environmental...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBonds, Eric
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-29T01:43:15Z
dc.date.available2016-01-29T01:43:15Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/96101
dc.description.abstractThere is a high-profile body of work asserting a link between anthropogenic climate change and increased rates of violence. There is also an expanding literature that is highly skeptical of this research. Critics point out that (1) this research has so far produced widely divergent findings, and that there is no consensus on a causal link between climate and the incidence of conflict. Critics also argue that much climate violence research (2) draws upon a long-discredited environmental determinism, (3) rehashes colonial stereotypes of the global South, (4) naturalizes and depoliticizes inequalities within and between nations, and (5) potentially creates new rationales for militarism and intervention from more powerful states. In the following essay, I build on these critiques, arguing that orthodox climate conflict research also focuses unduly on the potential climate-related violence of the poor, overlooking the violence of the powerful. Drawing from a climate justice perspective, I advocate for more study on the structural violence of climate change. To make this case, I focus on the world’s largest publicly traded fossil fuel companies.
dc.publisherANU Press
dc.rightsCopyright the author.
dc.sourceHuman Ecology Review
dc.subjectclimate conflict
dc.subjectclimate justice
dc.subjectfossil fuel corporations
dc.subjectfossil fuel divestment
dc.subjectstructural violence
dc.titleUpending climate violence research: fossil fuel corporations and the structural violence of climate change
dc.typeJournal article
dc.date.issued2016
local.publisher.urlhttp://press.anu.edu.au/
local.type.statusSubmitted Version
local.contributor.affiliationBonds, Eric, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Mary Washington, Virginia, United States
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage2
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage21
local.identifier.doi10.4225/13/58213bfb66967
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)

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