Capitalism, Democracy, and Ecology

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Pub. Date: 1999-04-01
Publisher(s): Univ of Illinois Pr
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The world that was revolutionized by industrialization is being remade by the information revolution. But this is mostly a revolution from above, increasingly shaped by a new class of technocrats, experts, and professionals in the service of corporate capitalism. Using Marx as a touchstone, Timothy W. Luke warns that if communities are not to be overwhelmed by new class economic and political agendas, then the practice of democracy must be reconstituted on a more populist basis. However, the galvanizing force for this new, more community-centered populism will not be the proletarian as Marx predicted, nor contemporary militant patriotic groups. Rather, Luke argues that many groups unified by a concern for ecological justice present the strongest potential opposition to capitalism.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction: Power/Knowledge in Coevolving Ecologies and Economies 1(28)
Departure from Marx: Rethinking Ecologies and Economies
Biospheres and Technospheres: Moving from Ecology to Hyperecology with the New Class
The Dangers of Discourse: Polyrchy and Megatechnics as Environmental Forces
On Environmentality: Geopower and Ecoknowledge in Contemporary Environmental Discourses
Ecodiscipline and the Post-Cold War Global Economy: Rethinking Environmental Critiques of Geo Economics
Slow Burn, Fast Detonation, Killer Fragments: Rereading the Unabomber Manifesto
Social Ecology as Political Economy for Alternative Modernities
Searching for Alternative Modernities: Populism and Ecology
Index 251

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