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Part IV, section E introduction: Environmental politics
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This section of the Handbook considers the question, In what ways and for what reasons do people mobilize politically around nature? Such questions of environmental politics – struggles over who has access to, use of, control over, or benefit from the environment; over how the environment is understood and valued; over how environmental issues are politicized or depoliticized – are central to political ecology. Indeed, many define the field in opposition to purportedly “apolitical” analyses of human-environment relationships: analysis of ways in which social relationships with the environment are always political, always shaped by power relationships, and typically structured by and reproductive of social difference and inequality, have been major and distinguishing themes in political ecology.