Alan Rudy

Alan Rudy
Central Michigan University | CMU · Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

PhD

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Introduction
Alan Rudy works at the Dep't of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, at Central Michigan University. His research is in the interdisciplinary realm of Critical Env'tal Studies, Social Theory, and Science Studies. His current projects are a clarification and extension of O'Connor's second contradiction thesis, a book on Nature, Environmentalisms and Marxisms, and finally restructuring, cutting and enriching of his dissertation on California's Imperial Valley for publication.
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January 2011 - June 2016
Central Michigan University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
January 2006 - present
Michigan State University

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Publications (39)
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This paper presented work O'Connor did with Robert Marotto looking at the ways in which forms of productive cooperation represented were simultaneously productive forces and relations of production (later, this became a key aspect of "conditions of production"). This project "added culture" to forces and/vs relations debates, much as the second con...
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Ecological Marxism
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James O’Connor’s “second contradiction” thesis is widely misunderstood as an ecological crisis theory. Most of the criticisms of the theory derive from this misreading, including those which ignore relations between ecological, personal and communal conditions and those which see the “first” and “second” contradictions as materially distinct. O’Con...
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I've got a N/nature bee in my bonnet, have had for a long time. This blog is for working some of my sub-preoccupations out...
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A comprehensive overview of debates in environmental sociology and political ecology.
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From climate change to fossil fuel dependency, from the uneven effects of natural disasters to the loss of biodiversity: complex socio-environmental problems indicate the urgency for cross-disciplinary research into the ways in which the social, the natural and the technological are ever more entangled. This ground breaking text moves between envir...
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The emergence of Bjorn Lomborg and what became known as ‘the Lomborg controversy’ has been treated by many as constituting a unique and original critique of the environmental movement. From a broader perspective though, many environmental social scientists have observed that this controversy is best thought of as the public high point of an increas...
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Environmental sociology remains on the periphery of the discipline because its traditional moment focuses on the material rather than social world and its synthetic moment looks as much like geography, anthropology, science studies, and cultural studies as it does sociology. This article will review contemporary visions of the history of nature and...
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As a result of widespread financial pressures, U.S. research universities increasingly stress the pursuit of funding beyond that available from government grants and contracts. Concomitantly, recent legal changes have encouraged universities to develop closer ties to the private business sector.This book represents the most thorough review ever und...
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Allen and Guthmans stimulating and incisive article argues that farm-to-school programs echo the universal norms and dietary goals of federal school lunch programs, that in practice and discourse they resonate – however unintentionally – with federalist, localist, and devolutionary trends embodied within contemporary neoliberalism. Such an analysis...
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The regular appeal to women's subordinate mediation of biological processes for men homogenizes both the historically and spatially-specific kinds of biological mediation women practice as well as the forms of patriarchy and relational dynamics of materially gendering ecologies, bodies and spaces. From an ecosocialist perspective, capitalist commod...
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In 1998, a contract was signed between the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) and Novartis in which the latter agreed to give UCB's Department of Plant and Microbial Biology US$25 million over a five year period. This Agreement was the foundation for debates that split the uni-versity over issues related to corporate control of the universi...
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According to many internal critics, Marxist political ecology needs to better engage contemporary science studies. Rather than pursuing actor-network-theory (ANT), viable connections are more likely to lie in the area of materialist feminist science studies. Where Bruno Latour flattens human agency and flattens non-human activity in "the middle" of...
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Science and technology studies have generated increasing interest within Marxist circles. In this symposium, we focus on Actor-Network Theory, a topic that has, at times, sparked misguided debate due to misunderstanding on both sides. On the whole, though, green Marxisms and ANT have maintained relative distance from each other. The articles in thi...
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Is California's Imperial Valley a watershed? If so, at what level and by what topographic logic? Is it a region? If so, at what level and by what geographic logic? Are its boundaries natural, political, or multivalent on different scales? In short, this essay looks at the special (re)production of environmental conditions within a cyborg world. Her...
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More a post-hoc summary: Mapping the terrain between environmentalism and its critics is more complex than the standard narratives of Apocalypticists vs Promethians, natural limits vs nature’s cornucopia, fail to capture the multiplicity of the thinkers and currents in play. Critiques of both mainstream and radical environmentalism/ ecologism have...
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Typescript. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of California, Santa Cruz, 1995. Includes bibliographical references (leaves [502]-532).

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Projects (4)
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Drawing on my personal history, a critique of the idea of nature, a critique of alienation from nature, and an approach to anti-naturalization, this book argues for an environmentalism rooted in quality of life rooted in democratic conditions of existence, where ecological conditions and scientific understanding are pivotal but decentered.
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