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Eco-politics Beyond the Paradigm of Sustainability: A Conceptual Framework and Research Agenda


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Blühdorn, I. and Welsh, I., 2007. Eco-politics Beyond the Paradigm of Sustainability: A Conceptual Framework and Research Agenda. Environmental Politics, 16 (2), pp. 185-205.

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Abstract

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?

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsBlühdorn, I.and Welsh, I.
DOI10.1080/09644010701211650
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Politics Languages and International Studies
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code14672

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