chapter  48
Editors’ conclusion
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Working on this volume has been exciting and instructive. We are struck by the exceptional vibrancy and dynamism of contemporary political ecology: alongside continuing excellent work on long-established and still critically important themes and topics, current research extends the field in new empirical and theoretical directions. In so doing, it continues political ecology’s history of challenging and expanding both dominant understandings of how humans interact with their environments, and the methods and frameworks we use for constructing alternative explanations of such relations. With such ferment, the meaning of “political ecology” within geography and cognate disciplines continues to expand rapidly, moving as it has from a term for a relatively narrowly focused and arguably counterhegemonic stream of research within certain key Anglophone institutions, to an institutionally sanctioned umbrella term for critical analyses of “environment”-related research in multiple disciplines, regions, and languages.