On the Emergence of an Ecological Class (häftad)
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On the Emergence of an Ecological Class (häftad)

On the Emergence of an Ecological Class

A Memo

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Under what conditions could ecology, instead of being one cluster of movements among others, organise politics around an agenda and a set of beliefs? Can ecology aspire to define the political horizon in the way that liberalism, socialism, conservatism and other political ideologies have done at various times and places? What can ecology learn from history about how new political movements emerge, and how they win the struggle for ideas long before they translate their ideas into parties and elections? In this short text, consisting of seventy-six talking points, Bruno Latour and Nikolaj Schultz argue that if the ecological movement is to gain ideological consistency and autonomy it must offer a political narrative that recognises, embraces and effectively represents its project in terms of social conflict. Political ecology must accept that it brings along division. It must provide a convincing cartography of the conflicts it generates and, based on this, it must try to define a common horizon of collective action. In order to represent and describe these conflicts, Latour and Schultz propose to reuse the old notions of class and class struggle, albeit infused with a new meaning in line with the ecological concerns of our New Climate Regime. Advancing the idea of a new ecological class, assembled by its collective interests in fighting the logic of production and safeguarding our planets conditions of habitability, they ask: how can a proud and self-aware ecological class emerge and take effective action to shape our collective future?
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"Elusive and magnificent by turns.... There's nothing anyone can tell us about the politics of climate change that we don't already think we know, and this is a problem. All the more reason, as Schultz and Latour see it, to build a new class movement quite possibly the last of its kind." Jeremy Harding, London Review of Books "sharp-witted, refreshing, and deeply convincing" Modern Times Review "this readable little book includes a number of relevant questions and insights" The Ecologist An insightful and timely political memo addressed to all sensitive humans. Counterpunch This short book contains just 76 paragraphs, but each one packs a punch. Written with style and wit The Revelator Praise for the French edition: "A visionary ecologyin this book, which is as incisive as it is inspiring, Bruno Latour and Nikolaj Schultz assign a political dimension to ecology." La Croix "A guidebook for terrestrials... a book which will no doubt proudly revive the political struggle." Le Monde "An arresting and incisive text." Tlrama "This Memo could inspire a whole new generation." La Vie "A stimulating essay which is as concise as it is prescient, which helps us to rethink contemporary ecology." Blast "Interesting and deserving of being widely discussed." L'anticapitaliste "Ecologists from around the world, jump into action!" Nonfiction "A new and stimulating book... its punchy prose is a tonic which will line the spirit with goodwill and give rise to new affective dimensions." L'ADN "Better than Marx." L'Antiditiorial "This book must be passed round and read urgently." COMBAT Praise for the German edition: "The authors reach an important climax in their search for a positive ecology, and many of their discussion points are worthy of reflection." Neue Zrcher Zeitung "Latour and Schultz's book On the Emergence of an Ecological Class - a Memo is a manifesto and guide, and one of the most important books of our time, clarifying and showing us the way forward. Der Tagesspiegel "This short text is the pinnacle of recently-deceased philosopher Bruno Latour's political-ecological project, which encompassed many years' work." Frankfurter Rundschau "This ecological manifesto never loses sight of the need for literary edification." Berliner Zeitung Latour and Schutz provide a thoughtful intervention into the discussion about the necessity of system change in the face of climate change. Social Forces [S]hort but ambitious. . . . raises important insights and provides a clear framework for mobilizing collective action around ecological issues. Environmental Values

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Bruno Latour was Emeritus Professor at the Institut d'tudes politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. Nikolaj Schultz is a sociologist and PhD candidate at the University of Copenhagen.


Table of contents:I: Class struggles and classification struggles II: A prodigious extension of materialism III: The great turnaround IV: A class that's legitimate again V: A misalignment of affects VI: A different sense of history in a different cosmos VII: The ecological class is potentially in the majority VIII: The indispensable and too often abandoned battle of ideas IX: Winning power, but what kind? X: Filling the emptiness of the public space from below