Critical reviewBeyond human exceptionalism: Political ecology and the non-human world
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AbstractWe argue there is nothing inherent to political ecology that exceptionalizes humans over non-humans, as argued by Srinivasan and Kasturirangan in Geoforum recently. Political ecology’s main aim is to critique the discourses and practices of development and conservation, be it in relation to humans or non-humans, by examining the workings of political economy and power. It is, in other words, an analytical approach – not an ideology. If indeed political ecology has been guilty of inadequate attention to the non-human world it is because of its anthropocentrism and not human exceptionalism. We argue that prioritizing the non-human world is a normative choice and that retrieving its voice, however sensitive political ecology might be to doing so, will always be done within the social and political worlds that shape the lives of the non-human world.

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