Eco-politics beyond the Paradigm of Sustainability. A Conceptual Framework and Research Agenda

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This contribution sketches a conceptual framework for the analysis of the post-ecologist era and outlines a research agenda for investigating its politics of unsustainability. The article suggests that this new era and its particular mode of eco-politics necessitate a new environmental sociology. Following a review of some achievements and limitations of the paradigm of sustainability, the concept of post-ecologism is related to existing discourses of the 'end of nature', the 'green backlash' and the 'death of environmentalism'. The shifting terrain of eco-politics in the late-modern condition is mapped and an eco-sociological research programme outlined centring on the post-ecologist question: How do advanced modern capitalist consumer democracies try and manage to sustain what is known to be unsustainable?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185 - 205
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 105904 Environmental research

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