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The Nature of Environment: The Dialectics of Social and Environmental Change by David Harvey

The Nature of Environment: The Dialectics of Social and Environmental Change by David Harvey

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Published by Jeff White
One of the earliest academic attempts to bring Marxist philosophy and theory into environmentalism and develop an ecosocialist politics.
One of the earliest academic attempts to bring Marxist philosophy and theory into environmentalism and develop an ecosocialist politics.

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Published by: Jeff White on Aug 22, 2011
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The complex issues which arise when ideals of 'moral community' are
invoked have already been examined. Many 'communities' evolve some
rough consensus as to what their moral obligations are with respect to
modes of social relating as well as to ways of behaving with respect to the
'rights of nature' (see Nash, 1989). While often contested, by virtue of the
internal heterogeneity of the community or because of pressure towards
social change, these moral precepts concerning, for example, the relation
to nature (expressed increasingly in the field of 'environmental ethics') can
become an important ideological tool in the attempt to forge community
solidarities (e.g. nationalist sentiments) and to gain empowerment. This is
the space par excellence of moral debate (see, e.g. Attfield, 1991) on
environmental issues coupled with the articulation of communitarian
politics and values that centre on ideals of civic virtues that carry over to
certain conceptions of a virtuous relation to nature.

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