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The Socio-Ecological Crises of Capitalism
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (Umeå Studies in Science, Technology, and Environments)
2011 (English)In: Capital and its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult / [ed] Sasha Lilley, Oakland: PM Press , 2011, 136-152 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

I think the lesson is that Malthus was wrong because he took the problem of limits outside of history, outside the history that women and men make in the modern world. So the issue is not that there is no scarcity — of course, capitalism is a system that is premised on induced scarcity. That’s why markets in the capitalist era function the way that they do. So I think the mistake of the left has been in a certain reluctance to deal with the problems of scarcity, or in some cases back into an embrace of a neo-Malthusian scarcity mentality in which there are these “natural limits” that are outside of how capitalism functions historically as an ecological regime.

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Oakland: PM Press , 2011. 136-152 p.
Keyword [en]
political ecology, political economy, ecological crisis, economic crisis, capitalism as world-ecology, commodity boom, financial crisis, environmental history, economic history, world history, world-systems analysis, Cartesian binary, commodity frontiers, underproduction crisis
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Business Administration Ethnology Agricultural Science Economic History History Economics Economic Geography Human Geography Sociology
Research subject
History; Social and Economic Geography; Sociology; Economic History; Economics; Systems Analysis
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-40896ISBN: 9781552663943OAI: diva2:403452
Available from: 2011-03-14 Created: 2011-03-14 Last updated: 2011-03-21Bibliographically approved

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