Real Green: Sustainability after the End of Nature

Real Green: Sustainability after the End of Nature

by Manuel Arias-Maldonado


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What would a sustainable society look like? How could it be achieved? By challenging conventional wisdom about the ecological crisis and reframing the traditional values of green politics "Real Green; Sustainability after the End of Nature" offers new answers to the key questions of the environmental debate. In this ground-breaking and challenging work Manuel Arias-Maldonado convincingly argues that, since nature has now been transformed into a part of the human environment, it can be seen to no longer exist. Ecological problems thus become an inevitable and normal feature of our relationship with nature. Hence a post-natural environmentalism, realistic and liberal while remaining green, is advocated. In this framework, sustainability, democracy and liberalism become mutually reinforcing elements rather than conflicting ones. Only by combining them can a green society be realised.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409424093
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/28/2012
Series: Rethinking Political and International Theory
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Manuel Arias-Maldonado is a Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Mßlaga, Spain. He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Berkeley and also developed research in Keele, Oxford, Siena and Munich. He is a regular contributor of Environmental Politics since 2000 and belongs to the Green Politics Standing Group of the European Council for Political Research (ECPR).

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Introduction: an imaginary crisis? Reframing environmentalism; Part I Nature and Society: Society within nature; Nature within society; From nature to human environment. Part II Sustainability after the End of Nature: The principle of sustainability; The politics of sustainability. Part III Towards a Green Liberal Society: Green politics, democracy and liberalism; Can we democratise sustainability?; Ecological citizenship and sustainability; Conclusion: the future of environmentalism; Bibliography; Index.

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