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The Food-Energy-Climate Change Trilemma: Toward a Socio-Economic Analysis

Harvey, Mark (2014) 'The Food-Energy-Climate Change Trilemma: Toward a Socio-Economic Analysis.' Theory, Culture & Society, 31 (5). pp. 155-182. ISSN 0263-2764

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Abstract

<jats:p> The food-energy-climate change trilemma refers to the stark alternatives presented by the need to feed a world population growing to nine billion, the attendant risks of land conversion and use for global climate change, and the way these are interconnected with the energy crisis arising from the depletion of oil. Theorizing the interactions between political economies and their related natural environments, in terms of both finitudes of resources and generation of greenhouse gases, presents a major challenge to social sciences. Approaches from classical political economy, transition theory, economic geography, and political ecology, are reviewed before elaborating the neo-Polanyian approach adopted here. The case of Brazil, analysed with an `instituted economic process’ framework, demonstrates how the trilemma is a spatial and historical socio-economic phenomenon, varying significantly in its dynamics in different environmental and resource contexts. The paper concludes by highlighting challenges to developing a social scientific theory in this field. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change; food security; "instituted economic process'; limits to growth; peak oil; sociogenesis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2014 14:14
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:28
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/11466

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