Randall Amster's research while affiliated with Georgetown University and other places

Publications (21)

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The digital age features titillating technologies, on-demand consumption, and information saturation. Technology has a unique capacity to offer a sense of greater connection, even as its actual workings may yield deeper forms of dislocation and alienation. While the marketing of new tech often highlights the potential for enhanced mobility, access,...
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When thinking about crime, notions of deviance, delinquency, violence and moral turpitude most often come to mind. In somewhat more open-minded conceptions, crime may evoke critical questions of class and race, among other variables. In still more expansive spaces, crime may be evaluated through the lenses of exploitation of labor, maintenance of p...
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This article explores the local dimensions of movement work being done with regard to ostensibly global issues such as economic justice and environmental degradation. It is posited that local work focusing on peace/nonviolence and resilience/sustainability is often emphasized by virtue of necessity and efficacy alike. Issues of global import play o...
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"Peace Ecology" presents a cutting-edge exploration of an emerging paradigm that links the essence of peace and nonviolence with the tenets of ecology and the principles of environmentalism. Looking at issues including food justice, water sharing, climate change, peace zones, and the free economy, this book considers examples and illustrations from...
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Climate change and militarism pose existential threats to human existence, and are linked through a number of related processes including access to resources, patterns of consumption, and the workings of the global economy. As nations increasingly militarize their domestic affairs and international postures alike, such patterns can feed back into s...

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... As the current work for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the remarkable number of nations who have joined the Holy See in signing the treaty serve to indicate, a significant and growing group of international political actors agree. A peace ecology perspective(Amster 2015) would also concur, highlighting, in accord with Francis' above-mapped teachings, how the future of a vital Earth community marked by social justice requires such a ban. Presently, retaining nuclear weaponry even for deterrence is evidently, for the papal office, an untenable policy for a number of social and ecological reasons(Francis 2017a). ...
... For example, knowledge about the environmental impact of single use plastic bags does not necessarily stop people using these as rubbish bin liners, nor does it necessarily lead to people using more environmentally friendly options. Proponents of sustainability pedagogies argue that the complexities of existential threats such as climate change necessitate replacing didactic, transmissive pedagogies such as lectures and rote learning with more integrative problem-solving, action-oriented methods capable of broaching topics in meaningful, openended ways (Amster 2014;Lotz-Sisitka et al. 2015). It is argued that understanding and building capacity to take action for multi-dimensional sustainability issues requires constructivist pedagogies that actively engage students' 'head, hands and heart' (Sipos, Battisti, and Grimm 2008, 75) through place-based, democratic, collaborative and active strategies (Sterling 2012;Littledyke and Manolas 2010). ...
... This may prompt a continued securitization or militarization of water resources, eventually inducing new water conflicts in the future (Feitelson, Tamimi, and Rosenthal 2012;McDonald 2013). In contrast, it is also conceivable that policy makes use of climate change in general -regardless of the actual regional impact on the hydrological setting -to promote cooperative measures among riparians by fostering trust, mutual understanding, and reconciliation (Amster 2013;Ide and Scheffran 2014). ...