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Society–labor–nature: the potential of conflict
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2023 (English)In: Critical sustainability sciences: intercultural and emancipatory perspectives / [ed] Stephan Rist; Patrick Bottazzi; Johanna Jacobi, Routledge, 2023, p. 146-171Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter, I argue for the necessity to introduce the concept of work (labor) as a mediator between human and non-human lives. I discuss the main insights of influential conceptualizations of the society-nature relationship: a non-reductionist concept of nature as social; "sympoiesis" the co-construction of the world by human and non-human natures; a history understanding the conflictual interrelated effects of human and non-human natures within the capitalist mode of production; harmony between human and non-human natures as a perspective to overcome the capitalist exploitation of workers and the earth; labor that creates and cares for life as a model for labor in general. I argue with Marx that the specificity of human work is its ability to transform human and non-human natures on a global scale, which makes it potentially destructive. Capitalism realizes that potential. To hinder this, indigenous workers, industrial, service, and care workers need to connect and resist. We need an overarching theoretical framework that includes all relations of production as dependent on each other to understand how such connections might happen.

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Routledge, 2023. p. 146-171
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Routledge Studies in Sustainability
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-212106DOI: 10.4324/9781003043577-8Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85163463270ISBN: 9781032487977 (print)ISBN: 9780367489410 (print)ISBN: 9781003043577 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-212106DiVA, id: diva2:1782775
Available from: 2023-07-17 Created: 2023-07-17 Last updated: 2023-09-08Bibliographically approved

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