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Eco-politics beyond the paradigm of sustainability: A conceptual framework and research agenda

Blühdorn, Ingolfur and Welsh, Ian 2007. Eco-politics beyond the paradigm of sustainability: A conceptual framework and research agenda. Environmental Politics 16 (2) , pp. 185-205. 10.1080/09644010701211650

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This contribution sketches a conceptual framework for the analysis of the post-ecologist era and outlines a research agenda for investigating its politics of unsustainability. The article suggests that this new era and its particular mode of eco-politics necessitate a new environmental sociology. Following a review of some achievements and limitations of the paradigm of sustainability, the concept of post-ecologism is related to existing discourses of the ‘end of nature’, the ‘green backlash’ and the ‘death of environmentalism’. The shifting terrain of eco-politics in the late-modern condition is mapped and an eco-sociological research programme outlined centring on the post-ecologist question: How do advanced modern capitalist consumer democracies try and manage to sustain what is known to be unsustainable?

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0964-4016
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 June 2016
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2020 01:52

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