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Environmental Security and the Recombinant Human: Sustainability in the Twenty-first Century


  • Michael Redclift


Examining the concepts of 'security' and 'sustainability', as they are employed in contemporary environmental discourses, the paper argues that, although the importance of the environment has been increasingly acknowledged since the 1970s, there has been a failure to incorporate other discourses surrounding 'nature'. The implications of the 'new genetics', prompted by research into recombinant DNA, suggest that future approaches to sustainability need to be more cognisant of changes in 'our' nature, as well as those of 'external' nature, the environment. This broadening of the compass of 'security' and 'sustainability' discourses would help provide greater insight into human security, from an environmental perspective.

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  • Michael Redclift, 2001. "Environmental Security and the Recombinant Human: Sustainability in the Twenty-first Century," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 10(3), pages 289-299, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev10:ev1014

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    1. Itay Fischhendler, 2015. "The securitization of water discourse: theoretical foundations, research gaps and objectives of the special issue," International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 15(3), pages 245-255, September.

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    Nature; discourse; recombinant DNA; security; sustainability; carbon politics;

    JEL classification:

    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development


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