“Unruly environments”—as unwanted, unproductive, and difficult to control spaces—both attract and repel human efforts to transform them. Far from dwindling away in the modern era, these unmastered places are proliferating, in scholarship as in the world at large. As unruly geographies and ecologies—oceans, marshes, grasslands, mountains, and deserts—they frustrate efforts at social and environmental control. As territorial borderlands, they facilitate unexpected cultural exchange, migration, and material flows. As transformed and built landscapes, they generate new forms of risk and regulation. Bringing together scholarship from across the globe, this volume of RCC Perspectives aims to shed light and stimulate discussion on the past, present, and future of these unruly environments.
How to cite: Krishnan, Siddhartha, Christopher L. Pastore, and Samuel Temple (eds.), "Unruly Environments," RCC Perspectives 2015, no. 3.