Coming to Terms with Nature - Socialist Register 2007

Coming to Terms with Nature - Socialist Register 2007

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Author: Leo Panitch
Colin Leys/
Translator(s)/ Edito: Leo Panitch / Colin Leys
Publisher: LeftWord
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 363
ISBN/UPC (if available): 818749669X


This, the 43rd volume of the Socialist Register, has been one of the most challenging to put together, even though-or because-it deals with what may well prove to be the most important issue facing socialists in our life-time.

This is not just a matter of the complex science and technology involved in understanding the looming environmental crisis, or the variety of problems involved. Over the past dozen or so years the Register has published some twenty essays pertaining to the environment, several of which have been widely cited. But when we decided to devote a whole volume exclusively to 'coming to terms with nature' the greatest challenge we faced was that the absence of a strong eco-socialist left is reflected in a corresponding lack of coherence in eco-socialist theory.

We see this volume as contributing to the development of a better eco-socialist understanding of contemporary capitalism, and the kind of politics that could lead to an ecologically sustainable as well as a democratic socialism.



Brenda Longfellow
Weather report: image from the climate crisis

Neil Smith
Nature as accumulation strategy

Elmar Altvater
The social and natural environment of fossil capitalism

Daniel Buck
The ecological question:
can capitalism prevail?

Barbara Harriss-White
& Elinor Harriss
Unsustainable capitalism:
The politics of renewable
energy in the UK

Jamie Peck
Neoliberal hurricane:
who framed New Orleans?

Dale Wen
& Minqi Li
China: hyper-development
and environmental crisis

Henry Bernstein
& Philip Woodhouse
Africa: eco-populist utopias and (micro-) capitalist realities

Philip McMichael
Feeding the world: agriculture,
development and ecology

Erik Swyngedouw
Water, money and power

Achim Brunnengraber
The political economy
of the Kyoto protocol

Heather Rogers
Garbage capitalism’s
green commerce

Costas Panayotakis
Working more, selling more,
consuming more: capitalism’s
‘third contradiction’

Joan Martinez-Alier
Social metabolism and
environmental conflicts

Michael Lowy
Eco-socialism and
democratic planning

Frieder Otto Wolf
Party-building for eco-socialists:
Lessons from the failed project
of the German greens

Greg Albo
The limits of eco-localism:
scale, strategy, socialism