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Making Disasters

Climate Change, Neoliberal Governance, and Livelihood Insecurity on the Mongolian Steppe

Craig R. Janes and Oyuntsetseg Chuluundorj

Although extreme winter events have always threatened herders on the Central Asian steppe, the frequency and severity of these disasters have increased since Mongolia’s transition from a socialist Soviet satellite state to a free-market economy. This book describes the significant challenges caused by the retreat of the state from the rural economy and its consequences not only for rural herders, but for the country as a whole. The authors analyze a broad range of phenomena that are fundamentally linked to the adverse social and economic consequences of climate change, including urbanization and urban poverty, access to essential health care and education, changes to gender roles (especially for women), rural economic development and resource extraction, and public health more generally. They argue that the intersection of neoliberal economics and the ideologies that sustain it with climate change and its attendant hazards has created a perfect storm that has had and, without serious attention to rural development, will continue to have disastrous consequences for Mongolia.

2015. 216 pp., Figures, tables, glossary, notes, references, index., 7 x 10

Contributors: Oyuntsetseg Chuluundorj, Craig Janes

Making Disasters provides a much-needed comprehensive analysis of the interplay of long-practiced subsistence lifeways, in this case agropastoralism, with drivers of contemporary change. . . . Janes and Chuluundorj’s book is vital because it provides a much-needed systematic analysis of . . . the interacting drivers of climate, globalization, and demography. . . . This is a critically important contribution.”
—Susan A. Crate, George Mason University, Journal of Anthropological Research

 

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms

  1. Introduction
  2. What Makes a Climate Disaster?
  3. Herders and the State
  4. Rural Livelihoods in the Post-Transition Period
  5. Sociality, Governance, and Vulnerability
  6. “Minegolia”
  7. Health and Well-Being
  8. Conclusion

Glossary of Mongolian Terms
Notes
References
Index

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