The contributors to this book diagnose the problems of Anthropocene thinking and propose an alternative: the global crises of the 21st century are rooted in the Capitalocene; not the Age of Man but the Age of Capital.
Author: Elmar Altvater
The Earth has reached a tipping point. Runaway climate change, the sixth great extinction of planetary life, the acidification of the oceans--all point toward an era of unprecedented turbulence in humanity’s relationship within the web of life. But just what is that relationship, and how do we make sense of this extraordinary transition? Anthropocene or Capitalocene? offers answers to these questions from a dynamic group of leading critical scholars. They challenge the theory and history offered by the most significant environmental concept of our times: the Anthropocene. But are we living in the Anthropocene, literally the "Age of Man”? Is a different response more compelling, and better suited to the strange--and often terrifying--times in which we live? The contributors to this book diagnose the problems of Anthropocene thinking and propose an alternative: the global crises of the twenty-first century are rooted in the Capitalocene; not the Age of Man but the Age of Capital. Anthropocene or Capitalocene? offers a series of provocative essays on nature and power, humanity, and capitalism. Including both well-established voices and younger scholars, the book challenges the conventional practice of dividing historical change and contemporary reality into "Nature” and "Society,” demonstrating the possibilities offered by a more nuanced and connective view of human environment-making, joined at every step with and within the biosphere. In distinct registers, the authors frame their discussions within a politics of hope that signal the possibilities for transcending capitalism, broadly understood as a "world-ecology” that joins nature, capital, and power as a historically evolving whole. Contributors include Jason W. Moore, Eileen Crist, Donna J. Haraway, Andreas Malm, Elmar Altvater, Daniel Hartley, and Christian Parenti.
Nature, money, work, care, food, energy, and lives: these are the seven things that have made our world and will shape its future.
Author: Raj Patel
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Nature, money, work, care, food, energy, and lives: these are the seven things that have made our world and will shape its future. In making these things cheap, modern commerce has transformed, governed, and devastated Earth. In A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore present a new approach to analyzing today’s planetary emergencies. Bringing the latest ecological research together with histories of colonialism, indigenous struggles, slave revolts, and other rebellions and uprisings, Patel and Moore demonstrate that throughout history, crises have always prompted fresh strategies to make the world cheap and safe for capitalism. At a time of crisis in all seven cheap things, innovative and systemic thinking is urgently required. This book proposes a radical new way of understanding—and reclaiming—the planet in the turbulent twenty-first century.
Capitalism's Ecologies asks readers to consider new ways of thinking about social and environmental crises, how they fit together, and what we might do about them.
Author: Jason W. Moore
Ours is an era of planetary crisis. As scholars, activists, and citizens seek to make sense of our uncertain times, the limits of conventional environmental thinking have become clear. Rather than see -Society- and -Nature- as separate, Capitalism's Ecologies illuminates how environmental and social change are intimately entwined. Contributors engage capitalism not as a social system independent of nature, but as a world-ecology of power, culture, and capital that flows through the web of life. In this rethinking, capitalism makes nature--and nature makes capitalism. Across successive essays, emergent and established scholars explore themes of colonialism, culture, race, gender, agriculture, literature, and waste to reveal capitalism's varied organizations of humans and the rest of nature. Capitalism's Ecologies asks readers to consider new ways of thinking about social and environmental crises, how they fit together, and what we might do about them.
See Moore, Capitalism in the Web of Life. Michelle Caruso-Cabrera and Ritika Shah, 'Why One Small Washington Town Has Seen so Many Bitcoin Miners Move in', ...
Author: Leo Panitch
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Category: Political Science
Essays that explore new ways of living with technological change Every year since 1964, the Socialist Register has offered a fascinating survey of movements and ideas from the independent new left. This year's edition asks readers to explore just how we need to live with new technologies. Essays in this 57th Socialist Register reveal the contradictions and dislocations of technological change in the twenty-first century. And they explore alternative ways of living: from artificial intelligence (AI) to the arts, from transportation to fashion, from environmental science to economic planning. Greg Albo - Post-capitalism: Alternatives or detours? Nicole Aschoff and Pankaj Mahta - AI-deology: Science, capitalism and the dream of a ‘people’s AI’ Hugo Radice - There is nothing artificial about AI: Labour, class, utopia, socialism Larry Lohman - Interpretation machines: Contradictions of digital mechanization in twenty-first century capitalism Robin Hahnel - Democratic socialist planning: Against, with and beyond the new technologies Tanner Mirrlees - Platform socialists in the age of digital capitalism Derek Hrynyshyn – Imagining information socialism Bryan Palmer - Capitalism and the clock: Time’s meaning in the struggle for socialism Sean Sweeney and John Treat - Shifting gears: Labour strategies for low-carbon public transit mobility Adam Greenfield - Smart cities, technological traps, democratic possibilities Christoph Hermann - The consequences of commodification: Contours of a post-capitalist society Joan Sangster – The surveillance of service labour: Conditions and possibilities of resistance Jeronimo Montero Bressan - Beyond neoliberal fashion: Imagining clothing production as a human need Massimiliano Mollona - Art/Commons: Art collectives and the post-capitalist imagination Ingar Solty – The world of tomorrow: Scenarios for our future between demise and hope
Polanyi's argument is not, of course, that the circulation of capital is materially outside of the web of social and ecological life, ...
Author: David Harvey
Publisher: Verso Books
Category: Political Science
Fiscal crises have cascaded across much of the developing world with devastating results, from Mexico to Indonesia, Russia and Argentina. The extreme volatility in contemporary political economic fortunes seems to mock our best efforts to understand the forces that drive development in the world economy. David Harvey is the single most important geographer writing today and a leading social theorist of our age, offering a comprehensive critique of contemporary capitalism. In this fascinating book, he shows the way forward for just such an understanding, enlarging upon the key themes in his recent work: the development of neoliberalism, the spread of inequalities across the globe, and ‘space’ as a key theoretical concept. Both a major declaration of a new research programme and a concise introduction to David Harvey’s central concerns, this book will be essential reading for scholars and students across the humanities and social sciences.
Jason W. Moore,Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital (London: Verso, 2015). 30. Moore, Capitalism in the Web of Life. 31.
Author: Nancy Fraser
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
In this important new book, Nancy Fraser and Rahel Jaeggi take a fresh look at the big questions surrounding the peculiar social form known as “capitalism,” upending many of our commonly held assumptions about what capitalism is and how to subject it to critique. They show how, throughout its history, various regimes of capitalism have relied on a series of institutional separations between economy and polity, production and social reproduction, and human and non-human nature, periodically readjusting the boundaries between these domains in response to crises and upheavals. They consider how these “boundary struggles” offer a key to understanding capitalism’s contradictions and the multiple forms of conflict to which it gives rise. What emerges is a renewed crisis critique of capitalism which puts our present conjuncture into broader perspective, along with sharp diagnoses of the recent resurgence of right-wing populism and what would be required of a viable Left alternative. This major new book by two leading critical theorists will be of great interest to anyone concerned with the nature and future of capitalism and with the key questions of progressive politics today.
He has written numerous articles on socioeconomic issues since 1995. This is his first book on ""monetary ecology."" He is a former career soldier, a peace activist, and a Roman Catholic with latent Mennonite tendencies.
Author: Stan Goff
Proverbs 22:22 enjoins the reader, ""Don't take advantage of the poor just because you can."" Mammon's Ecology is a systematic investigation into the mysterious nature of modern money, which confronts us with the perplexing fact that, in the global economy as it is, we take advantage of the poor whether we want to or not. We destroy natural systems whether we want to or not. Ched Myers describes Mammon's Ecology as a ""workbook"" about ""the secret life of money."" Where Prather and others have shown that money is one of the perverse Powers described in Ephesians 6, Mammon's Ecology details precisely how money exercises this peculiar power and outlines suggestions for Christians who feel trapped in this complicity--not just as individuals, but as church. Mammon's Ecology is not a book about economics (which the author calls ""the world's best antidote to insomnia""), but rather a book about the ""deep ecology"" of (post)modern power and injustice. Read individually or as a group, Mammon's Ecology will leave you unable to think about money the same way again. ""Stan Goff has written that rare book: ambitious yet concise, erudite yet accessible. Mammon's Ecology is breathtaking. Deftly combining critical political economy and ecological thought with a radical Christian perspective, Mammon's Ecology should be read by everyone concerned about money, ecology, and justice. Goff challenges us to unthink the ways of knowing that have made today's planetary crisis, and in so doing to begin to think, hope, and imagine a world beyond modernity's violence."" --Jason W. Moore, Binghamton University, author of Capitalism in the Web of Life ""In a time when you might feel trapped between the megalomania of the charlatan who purports to explain everything, and the bubble mentality of the academic who won't step outside disciplinary fences, Goff's work is important. While being directly critical of thinkers who try to come up with simplistic universal explanations or cures, Goff also invites the reader to work out just how interconnected everything is."" --Rebecca Bratten Weiss, farmer, lecturer, and editor of Convivium Stan Goff has authored five books on war and militarism--including Borderline: Reflections on War, Sex, and Church (Cascade Books, 2015)--on gender and militarism. He has written numerous articles on socioeconomic issues since 1995. This is his first book on ""monetary ecology."" He is a former career soldier, a peace activist, and a Roman Catholic with latent Mennonite tendencies.
33–52; Jason W. Moore, Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital (London and New York: Verso, 2015), p.
Author: Ere Nokkala
Category: Business & Economics
Cameralism and the Enlightenment reassesses the relationship between two key phenomena of European history often disconnected from each other. It builds on recent insights from global history, transnational history and Enlightenment studies to reflect on the dynamic interactions of cameralism, an early modern set of practices and discourses of statecraft prominent in central Europe, with the broader political, intellectual and cultural developments of the Enlightenment world. Through contributions from prominent scholars across the field of Enlightenment studies, the volume analyzes eighteenth-century cameralist authors’ engagements with commerce, colonialism and natural law. Challenging the caricature of cameralism as a German, land-locked version of mercantilism, the volume reframes its importance for scholars of the Enlightenment broadly conceived. This volume goes beyond the typical focus on Britain and France in studies of political economy, widening perspectives about the dissemination of ideas of governance, happiness and reform to focus on multidirectional exchanges across continental Europe and beyond during the eighteenth century. Emphasizing the practice of theory, it proposes the study of the porosity of ideas in their exchange, transmission and mediation between spaces and discourses as a key dimension of cultural and intellectual history.
Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital, New York, NY, Verso. Moore, J.W. 2016a. Introduction: anthropocene or capitalocene?
Author: Brett Clark
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
Category: Business & Economics
This volume offers analysis regarding the historical transformations in the material conditions and ideological conceptions of nonhuman animals, alienated speciesism, the ecological crisis that is undermining the conditions of life for all species, and the capitalist commodification of animals that results in suffering, death, and profits.
... carried out by the web of life as a whole.3 In this “new law of value,” as explained in Moore's 2015 book, Capitalism in the Web of Life, the ultimate ...
Author: John Bellamy Foster
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Category: Political Science
Bridges the gap between social and environmental critiques of capitalism In the nineteenth century, Karl Marx, inspired by the German chemist Justus von Liebig, argued that capitalism’s relation to its natural environment was that of a robbery system, leading to an irreparable rift in the metabolism between humanity and nature. In the twenty-first century, these classical insights into capitalism’s degradation of the earth have become the basis of extraordinary advances in critical theory and practice associated with contemporary ecosocialism. In The Robbery of Nature, John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark, working within this historical tradition, examine capitalism’s plundering of nature via commodity production, and how it has led to the current anthropogenic rift in the Earth System. Departing from much previous scholarship, Foster and Clark adopt a materialist and dialectical approach, bridging the gap between social and environmental critiques of capitalism. The ecological crisis, they explain, extends beyond questions of traditional class struggle to a corporeal rift in the physical organization of living beings themselves, raising critical issues of social reproduction, racial capitalism, alienated speciesism, and ecological imperialism. No one, they conclude, following Marx, owns the earth. Instead we must maintain it for future generations and the innumerable, diverse inhabitants of the planet as part of a process of sustainable human development.
Therefore , we must recognize the very fact that our place is within the wider web of life . Labour aimed at restoring the integrity of nature , and then should be a
priority and not others that de - humanizes , de - values and desecrates the
Since capitalism depends on growth, frontier expansion is thus inherent to capitalist development, ... 4 See Moore, Capitalism in the Web of Life, pp.
This edited volume provides a collection of historical and contemporary commodity chain studies placing labor at the centre of their analysis. It represents an important contribution to commodity chain research, but also to the fields of social-economic and global labour history.
It is in this respect that Jason Moore has identified the insertion of capitalism into the web of life as the fundamental basis of our modern era, ...
Category: Social Science
International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Second Edition embraces diversity by design and captures the ways in which humans share places and view differences based on gender, race, nationality, location and other factors—in other words, the things that make people and places different. Questions of, for example, politics, economics, race relations and migration are introduced and discussed through a geographical lens. This updated edition will assist readers in their research by providing factual information, historical perspectives, theoretical approaches, reviews of literature, and provocative topical discussions that will stimulate creative thinking. Presents the most up-to-date and comprehensive coverage on the topic of human geography Contains extensive scope and depth of coverage Emphasizes how geographers interact with, understand and contribute to problem-solving in the contemporary world Places an emphasis on how geography is relevant in a social and interdisciplinary context
Or, to coin a pertinent phrase, capitalism exists within the web of life (Moore, 2015). According to Gramsci, then, the traits of economism appeared in many ...
Author: Andreas Bieler
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Business & Economics
Addresses the internal relations of global capitalism, global war, global crisis, connecting uneven and combined development, social reproduction, and world-ecology to appeal to scholars and students alike.
The author of The Tao of Physics applies the principles of complexity theory to an analysis of the vast expanse of all human relationships to examine the social impact of emerging scientific principles, discussing such important matters as ...
Author: Fritjof Capra
The author of The Tao of Physics applies the principles of complexity theory to an analysis of the vast expanse of all human relationships to examine the social impact of emerging scientific principles, discussing such important matters as the management of human organizations, the challenges and dangers of economic globalization, and the nature and problems of biotechnology. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Author: Charles E. Orser, Jr.Publish On: 2020-07-02
Some of these works highlight the way that capitalism as an internally ... tool to help us understand the web of life of our contemporary capitalist world ...
Author: Charles E. Orser, Jr.
Category: Social Science
The Routledge Handbook of Global Historical Archaeology is a multi-authored compendium of articles on specific topics of interest to today’s historical archaeologists, offering perspectives on the current state of research and collectively outlining future directions for the field. The broad range of topics covered in this volume allows for specificity within individual chapters, while building to a cumulative overview of the field of historical archaeology as it stands, and where it could go next. Archaeological research is discussed in the context of current sociological concerns, different approaches and techniques are assessed, and potential advances are posited. This is a comprehensive treatment of the sub-discipline, engaging key contemporary debates, and providing a series of specially-commissioned geographical overviews to complement the more theoretical explorations. This book is designed to offer a starting point for students who may wish to pursue particular topics in more depth, as well as for non-archaeologists who have an interest in historical archaeology. Archaeologists, historians, preservationists, and all scholars interested in the role historical archaeology plays in illuminating daily life during the past five centuries will find this volume engaging and enlightening.