Jason W. Moore

Jason W. Moore
Binghamton University | SUNY Binghamton · Department of Sociology

PhD
The politics & history of climate crisis, the Environmentalism of the Rich, and capitalism's Civilizing Projects.

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Introduction
Jason W. Moore is an environmental historian and historical geographer at Binghamton University, where he is professor of sociology. He is author or editor, most recently, of Capitalism in the Web of Life (Verso, 2015), Capitalocene o Antropocene? (Ombre Corte, 2017), Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism (PM Press, 2016), and, with Raj Patel, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (University of California Press, 2017). Website: jasonwmoore.com
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February 2009 - July 2010
Lund University
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  • Research Associate
July 2006 - June 2009
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • Professor (Assistant)

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Capitalism, understood as a world-ecology that joins accumulation, power, and nature in dialectical unity, has been adept at evading so-called Malthusian dynamics through an astonishing historical capacity to produce, locate, and occupy cheap natures external to the system. In recent decades, the last frontiers have closed, and this astonishing his...
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This essay, in two parts, argues for the centrality of historical thinking in coming to grips with capitalism’s planetary crises of the twenty-first century. Against the Anthropocene’s shallow historicization, I argue for the Capitalocene, understood as a system of power, profit and re/production in the web of life. In Part I, I pursue two argument...
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In this essay, I elaborate the possibilities for a unified theory of historical capitalism – one that views the accumulation of capital and the production of nature (humans included!) as dialectically constituted. In this view, the modern world-system is a capitalist world-ecology, a world-historical matrix of human- and extra-human nature premised...
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It is now widely understood that the “end of cheap food” has arrived. But just what does this mean for the ongoing crisis of neoliberalism, and for the future of capitalism? In this essay, I argue that cheap food has been recurrent condition for the revival of accumulation in successive eras of capitalism. Neoliberalism has been no exception. The c...
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Foreword to William I. Robinson, Can Global Capitalism Endure? (PM Press, 2022). Can Global Capitalism Endure? Probably not. As Robinson illustrates, the ongoing breakdown of the five-century capital accumulation model is at once producer and product of a novel political project, pursued by a critical fraction of the imperialist bourgeoisie – the T...
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El Capitaloceno se ha convertido en la contranarrativa más importante al Antropoceno popular y a su reposicionamiento neoliberal del lamento de Pogo: “Hemos conocido al enemigo y somos nosotros”. La fuerza mítica del hombre y la naturaleza no se socava fácilmente, y sus linajes cartesianos, lockeanos y maltusianos son muy fácilmente olvidados —si e...
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We are discovering in the era of climate crisis that the Transition Debate is a debate over the origins and crisis tendencies of capitalism in the web of life. The original Debate emerged in its contemporary form in the thick of the Cold War, assuming mature form during the world revolution of 1968. It was a historical-analytical debate over the hi...
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The Marxist geographer talks with Tom Gann and josie sparrow about world ecology, Marxist beef, and what it means to be in solidarity with oppressed and devalued natures. Jason W. Moore's work-from A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature and the Future of our Planet (co-written with Raj Patel), to the huge range...
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Effective ideologies blur the lines between empirical realities and political interpretation. Some members of the human species are indeed driving planetary life into the planetary inferno. This geological and geohistorical transition is often narrated as the Anthropocene, the Age of Man. Major corporate news platforms – like The New York Times and...
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Este artículo vincula dos grandes acontecimientos histórico-mundiales: el auge del capitalismo tras 1492 y su crisis epocal actual, al final del Holoceno. El autor sostiene que la interminable acumulación de capital ha sido, desde el principio, posibilitada por la interminable conquista de la Tierra: la Gran Frontera. La ecología-mundo capitalista...
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Los acontecimientos de finales del siglo XX, con la victoria del mundo capitalista sobre el socialismo soviético, influyeron de forma definitiva en la disciplina de Relaciones Interna-cionales. La euforia liberal-realista que acompañó el supuesto "fin de la historia" vaticinado por Fukuyama pareció confirmar que los postulados de las escuelas hegem...
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The journal Relaciones Internacionales has been published without interruption for 15 years; this electronic publication of the Autónoma University of Madrid (Spain), published every four months, has become a reference in the Spanish language literature on the theoretical and epistemological reflection of international relations, thanks to its effo...
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La revista Relaciones Internacionales se publica ininterrumpidamente desde hace casi quince años; durante esos tres lustros, esta publicación cuatrimestral electrónica de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (España) se ha convertido en un referente de la literatura actual en lengua castellana sobre la reflexión teórica y epistemológica en la discipli...
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In vista dello sciopero globale per il clima che si terrà il 27 settembre, Effimera propone la pubblicazione di una serie di riflessioni dal dibattito italiano, a partire da un'intervista di Gennaro Avallone a Jason Moore. Oggi, la seconda parte dell'intervista (qui la prima). Ricordiamo che i contributi, in inglese, verranno pubblicati in ottobre...
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In vista dello sciopero globale per il clima che si terrà il 27 settembre, Effimera propone la pubblicazione di una serie di riflessioni dal dibattito italiano, a partire da un'intervista di Gennaro Avallone a Jason W. Moore, di cui oggi pubblichiamo la prima parte. Si tratta di una discussione globale su natura sociale astratta, valore-negativo e...
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Published in Maize 6 (2019), 49-54. Who is responsible for the climate crisis? For everyone who isn’t a climate denialist, there’s an easy answer to the question: humanity. Who, in their right mind, would challenge the idea that climate change is anthropogenic (made by humans)? Are we not living in the Anthropocene: the Age of Man as geological fo...
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Rozdział "Tania natura" z książki: Raj Patel, Jason W. Moore: "A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things" (Black Inc., Carlton 2018) w przekładzie: Andrzej W. Nowak, Przemysław Czapliński. Przekład zamieszczony w książce: "O jeden las za daleko". Red. P. Czapliński, Joanna B. Bednarek, Dawid Gostyński (2019). Autorzy opisują zapoczątkowany w XV...
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The most dystopian story brings out capitalism's darkest and most oppressive features. And the most utopian stories bring out modernity's most hopeful and emancipatory features of modernity. Utopias/dystopias are at once predictive retrodictive. These forms of story-telling and world-making are increasingly necessary in the twenty-first century. Th...
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Of all the domains of Marxian political economy, nature is by far the most vexing. Is nature an economic input as in the notion of natural resources; is it the object of labor in the process of production; or is something broader, as in the idea of land and the territory upon which capitalism develops? Such questions rest on a conception of extra-h...
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The most telling symbol of the modern era isn’t the automobile or the smartphone. It’s the chicken nugget. Chicken is already the most popular meat in the US, and is projected to be the planet’s favourite flesh by 2020. Future civilisations will find traces of humankind’s 50 billion bird-a-year habit in the fossil record, a marker for what we now c...
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This essay – Part II – reconceptualizes the past five centuries as the Capitalocene, the ‘age of capital’. The essay advances two interconnected arguments. First, the exploitation of labor-power depends on a more expansive process: the appropriation of unpaid work/energy delivered by ‘women, nature, and colonies’ (Mies). Second, accumulation by app...
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Why does it seem easier to imagine the end of the world than to see the end of capitalism? Part of the answer turns on a rift between radical economic and ecological thought.
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Critical geography as a field has yet to reckon with a fundamental geographical blind spot: the historical-geographical patterns of capitalism as a whole. There has been a steady—and studied—reluctance to grapple with capitalism as a historical-geographical place. A geography of value relations must proceed from the unities-in-diversity of capitali...
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Nature, money, work, care, food, energy, and lives: these are the seven things that have made our world and will shape its future. In making these things cheap, modern commerce has transformed, governed, and devastated Earth. In A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore present a new approach to analyzing today’s pl...
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Siguiendo con la línea de investigación en ecología-mundo, el autor explica aquí la centralidad que ocupan la reproducción de la mano de obra y el trabajo no remunerado (humano y extra-humano) para el mantenimiento de los ciclos de acumulación capitalista. Aunque el papel que las migraciones cumplen en estas dinámicas estructurales es sólo brevemen...
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In the flowering of Red-Green Thought over the past two decades, metabolic rift thinking is surely one of its most colorful varieties. The metabolic rift has captured the imagination of critical environmental scholars, becoming a shorthand for capitalism’s troubled relations in the web of life. This article pursues an entwined critique and reconstr...
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Jason W. Moore: «Stiamo vivendo il crollo del capitalismo»-Intervista di Joseph Confavreux e Jade Lindgaard-Uno storico propone una tesi controcorrente: la natura non è stata sfruttata, ma è stata prodotta dal capitalismo, il quale se n'è servito per creare della ricchezza. Per Jason W. Moore, è assai più moderno e molto più fruttuoso pensare una «...
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In this CFP we are looking for papers that address commodity frontiers broadly-defined. Papers may address place making for expanded commodity production, including the enclosures of the commons and the exhaustion of nature, land and labor, or technologies/policies/etc. that enable frontier making, or a related subject.
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Das Anthropozän ist zum wichtigsten – und auch zum gefährlichsten – Umweltkonzept unserer Zeit geworden. Es ist nicht deshalb gefährlich, weil es die planetarische Krise so falsch erfasst, sondern weil es zwar die laufenden „Zustandsveränderungen“ der Naturen beschreibt, gleichzeitig aber die dahinterliegende Geschichte mystifziert (Barnosky u.a. 2...
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Cómo conocemos una crisis ecológica cuan-do la vemos? Para gran parte del mundo, la res-puesta es un poco como el viejo cliché acerca de definir la pornograf ía: lo sé cuando la veo. Las respuestas de sentido común a las preguntas espinosas siempre tienen un núcleo de verdad. Pero, ¿es el sentido común un buen sentido? El cambio climático está incu...
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“Toplum artı doğa” anlayışının yeşil aritmetiğindeki sorun çevre adaleti ve toplumsal adalet, doğada sürdürülebilirlik ve toplumsal sürdürülebilirlik, ekolojik emperyalizm ve normal emperyalizm arasında yaptığımız garip ayrım. Emperyalizmin tarihini bilen herkes bilir ki aslında her şey “Neye değer veriyoruz?” ve “Toplumun hangi kesimine değer veri...
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We live at a crossroads in the history of our species – and of planetary life. What comes next is unknowable with any certainty. But it is not looking good. Environmentalist theory and research tells us, today, just how bad it is. Mass extinction. Climate Change. Ocean acidification. To these planetary shifts, one can add countless regional stories...
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This article is the editor's introduction to the special issue of the Journal of World-Systems Research, entitled The World-Historical Imagination: Giovanni Arrighi's The Long Twentieth Century in Prospect and Retrospect.
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Economia ed ecologia vivono la stessa crisi. Analizzando i modi in cui si sono combinati finanza, cibo, lavoro, energia e materie prime, Jason W. Moore mostra come la grande forza del capitalismo sia sempre consistita nella sua capacità di creare "nature" a buon mercato, integrando il lavoro umano e il cambiamento ambientale in modo dinamico ma dis...
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Every civilisation must decide what is, and what is not, valuable. Marxists occasionally speak of a " law of value. " It is not a concept easily translated into everyday politics, or into our histories of capitalism. It sounds quaint, curiously out of step with our times. And yet the essential insight of the Marxist argument on value remains extrao...
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Wall Street produit et organise la nature. Si la théorie sociale cherche aujourd'hui à s'amender en tenant compte des enjeux environnementaux, elle dépasse rarement le dualisme typiquement moderne de la Nature et de la Société. Dialoguant avec les théoriciens de l'écosocialisme d'une part et des penseurs critiques tels que Harvey et Arrighi d'autre...
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Capitalism, understood as a world-ecology that joins accumulation, power, and nature in dialectical unity, has been adept at evading so-called Malthusian dynamics through an astonishing historical capacity to produce, locate, and occupy cheap natures external to the system. In recent decades, the last frontiers have closed, and this astonishing his...
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https://soundcloud.com/jasonwmoore/the-rise-and-fall-of-cheap Keynote address, New Extractivism, 8th Annual Community Movements Conference, Trent University, 31 January, 2015
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DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS EXTENDED TO MARCH 15, 2015 TO SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT, PLEASE REGISTER HERE http://goo.gl/forms/fLL348cSPG Since 2008, a broad consensus has emerged among scholars of global change: ours is an era of " converging crises. " Popularly expressed in the language of " triple crisis " – climate, energy, and finance – there is consi...
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Partway through Capitalism in the Web of Life, Jason W. Moore provides the imperative for a complete theoretical reworking and synthesis of Marxist, environmental, and feminist thought by asserting: “I think many of us understand intuitively – even if our analytical frames lag behind – that capitalism is more than an “economic” system, and even mor...
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https://soundcloud.com/jasonwmoore/anthropocene-or-capitalocene Jason W. Moore, interviewed by Sasha Lilley, KPFA's Against the Grain, 1 july 2014
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This essay builds out an argument for understanding the past five centuries as the Capitalocene, the “age of capital.” The present essay – the second of two parts – reconstructs the limits, opportunities, and crises of the capitalist world-ecology since the long 16th century. This reconstruction is pursued through the world-ecological reading of va...
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Desde la segunda mitad del siglo XX los “problemas ambientales” han venido posicionándose cada vez más como un terreno de investigación y problematización histórico-social legítimo además de relevante, sobre todo considerando las “consecuencias ambientales” del capitalismo histórico. No obstante, a pesar de la progresiva incorporación de la natural...
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The theory of metabolic rift is among the most dynamic perspectives in critical environmental studies today. This essay argues that the problem with the metabolic rift perspective is not that it goes too far, but that it does not go far enough. I take a ‘use and transcend’ approach that takes metabolic rift theory as an indispensable point of depar...
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The capitalist world-ecology is a kind of gravitational field. At its vortex is the commodity. Capitalism’s basic tendency, the commodification of everything, is often considered a social process; in fact, it is powerfully ecological. The commodification of everything says that human nature, as labour productivity, is what really counts. Extra-huma...
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Chinese translation, "The Modern World-System as Environmental History? Ecology and the Rise of Capitalism." Xiurong Zhao, trans.
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Der Geograph und Sozialwissenschaftler Jason W. Moore über das Ende des Kapitalismus als eines Systems billiger Nahrung und Energie " Das Ende von billiger Nahrung bedeutet das Ende der neoliberalen Ära. " Angesichts immer weiter steigender Nahrungsmittel-und Energiepreise wagt Jason W. Moore[1]die Prognose, dass das ökologische und weltwirtschaftl...
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Does the present socio-ecological impasse – captured in popular discussions of the ‘end’ of cheap food and cheap oil – represent the latest in a long history of limits and crises that have been transcended by capital, or have we arrived at an epochal turning point in the relation of capital, capitalism and agricultural revolution? For the better pa...
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‘Amsterdam is standing on Norway’– this was a popular saying in the Dutch Republic of the seventeenth century. There was more than one inflection to the phrase. Amsterdam was, in the first instance, built atop a subterranean forest of Norwegian origin. But southern Norway was also a vital resource zone, subordinated to Amsterdam-based capital. This...
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In the first of two essays in this Journal, I seek to unify the historical geography of early modern ‘European expansion’ (Iberia and Latin America) with the environmental history of the ‘transition to capitalism’ (northwestern Europe). The expansion of Europe's overseas empires and the transitions to capitalism within Europe were differentiated mo...
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At the rosy dawn of sixteenth century capitalism, few places in this “vast but weak” world-economy were more pivotal than Madeira. A small island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira in 1500 was the greatest producer of early capitalism’s most important cash crop, sugar. Every year between 1505 and 1509, some 2,000 tons of sugar flowed from...
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In what follows, the first of two successive essays in this journal, I explain how this epoch-making acceleration of boom and bust on Madeira, during Braudel’s (1953) “first” sixteenth century (c. 1450-1557), marked a new crystallization of the nature-society relations pivotal to the rise of capitalism as world-ecology. The endless accumulation of...
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We are here to talk about the Agrarian Question, or rather, Agrarian Questions. The plural is important. We live in a modern world-system of unprecedented unevenness and complexity. This much, we all know. At the same time, it is no less important, I should add, to see this diversity from what Lukács once called the "point of view of totality."1 Th...
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Full text at www.jasonwmoore.com/uploads/Moore__Capitalism_as_World-Ecology__Braudel_and_Marx_on_Environmental_History__O_E__2003_.pdf This essay considers the relevance of Fernand Braudel’s world-historical studies for the theory and practice of environmental history. Arguing against the conventional view that Braudel regarded the environment as...
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This article considers the emergence of world environmental history as a rapidly growing but undertheorized research field. Taking as its central problematic the gap between the fertile theorizations of environmentally-oriented social scientists and the empirically rich studies of world environmental historians, the article argues for a synthesis o...
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Late Victorian Holocausts: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World by Mike Davis This article can also be found at the Monthly Review website , where most recent articles are published in full. Click here to purchase a PDF version of this article at the Monthly Review website.
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An epochal transformation of nature-society relations was inscribed in the transition from feudalism to capitalism. This article advances three central propositions. First, the origins of today's global ecological crisis are found in the emergence of the capitalist world-economy in the "long" sixteenth century-not in industrialization, population g...
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Full text: www.jasonwmoore.com/uploads/Moore__Crisis_of_Feudalism__An_Enviornmental_History__O_E__2002_.pdf Environmental history may help explain feudalism’s demise and capitalism’s ascent in the 16th century. Medieval Europe was riven by profound socio-ecological contradictions. Feudalism’s environmental degradation pivoted on the lord-peasant r...
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The era of US capitalist development between 1865 and 1920 offers a good opportunity to analyze the relational nature of social change at multiple scales precisely because it was a time of transition, for US and world capitalism alike. Existing accounts of the transition to monopoly capitalism in the US have focused on one or two geographical scale...
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In the absence of a much more far-reaching world-historical analysis of the relationship between hegemony, territory, and capitalist development, Robinson’s and Harris’ thesis ultimately shores up some of the left’s most backward thinking on globalization. Their treatment of the 'nation-state' phase of capitalism suggests a world-system heretofore...
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The particular way in which we periodize capitalist history largely depends on the temporal and spatial horizons of our observations and on the conceptual frameworks that underlie those observations. Most periodizations have been based on observations and conceptual frameworks that refer implicitly or explicitly to national dynamics of capitalist d...
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This article proposes a newtheoretical framework to study the dialectic of capital and nature over the longue duree of world capitalism. The author proposes that today’s global ecological crisis has its roots in the transition to capitalism during the long sixteenth century. The emergence of capitalism marked not only a decisive shift in the arenas...
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