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This panel explores encounters with environmental degradation in the Global South. We invite papers, which examine how environmental discourses relate to ideas of social justice and conflicts as environmental policies are formulated and implemented.
While climate change and environmental degradation are debated globally in the media and public sphere, people in climate change affected regions in the Global South are bearing the burden of many of these changes. This panel seeks to explore how people in the Global South locally interpret climate change and take action. We are particularly interested in understanding how local understandings and discourses relate to and differ from the state discourses and how people contest the governmental and trans-local agendas reframing the issues of social and environmental justice. The panel seeks to explore various socio-political processes by which the issues of environmental and social justices are taking new shapes, recreating confrontation, conflict and social change as environmental policies are formulated and implemented. This panel invites paper proposals from scholars who are trying to understand the political consequences of implementation or non-implementation of environmental policies in the Global South. We welcome papers, which are based on ethnographic research, and seek to make a theoretical contribution.