Two new publications will be coming out in September 2011 on climate change and migration. (H/T
Climate Change and Migration: Security and Borders in a Warming World (OUP, Sept. 2011) [info]
“Focusing on climate-induced migration from Africa to Europe, [Gregory] White shows how global warming’s impact on international relations has been significant, enhancing the security regimes in not only the advanced economies of the North Atlantic, but in the states that serve as transit points between the most advanced and most desperate nations. Furthermore, he demonstrates that climate change has altered the way the nations involved view their own
as tightening or defining borders in both Europe and North Africa leads to an increase of the state’s reaches over society.”
The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (OUP, Sept. 2011) [info]
Included is the chapter “Climate Refugees and Security: Conceptualizations, Categories, and Contestations,” in which the authors “question the validity of the climate refugee category, arguing that far from providing succor and solace to the most vulnerable communities within the global South, the climate refugee is asubject of securitization. The most dominant perspective remains a realist (state-centric), militarist narrative, and the climate refugee is constructed, at best, as a victim of a global polity with no human agency–a political entity outside sovereignty–or, even worse, as an environmental criminal or terrorist” (p. 279).