Environmental Politics of Sacrifice
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Description: The idea of sacrifice is the unspoken issue of environmental politics. Politicians, the media, and many environmentalists assume that well-off populations won't make sacrifices now for future environmental benefits and won't change their patterns and perceptions of consumption to make ecological room for the world's three billion or so poor eager to improve their standard of living. The Environmental Politics of Sacrificechallenges these assumptions, arguing that they limit our policy options, weaken our ability to imagine bold action for change, and blind us to the ways sacrifice already figures in everyday life. The concept of sacrifice has been curiously unexamined in both activist and academic conversations about environmental politics, and this book is the first to confront it directly. The chapters bring a variety of disciplinary perspectives to the topic. Contributors offer alternatives to the conventional wisdom on sacrifice; identify connections between sacrifice and human fulfillment in everyday life, finding such concrete examples as parents' sacrifices in raising children, religious practice, artists' pursuit of their art, and soldiers and policemen who risk their lives to do their jobs; and examine particular policies and practices that shape our understanding of environmental problems, including the carbon tax, incentives for cyclists, and the perils of green consumption. The Environmental Politics of Sacrificeputs "sacrifice" firmly into the conversation about effective environmental politics and policies, insisting that activists and scholars do more than change the subject when the idea is introduced. Contributors: Peter Cannavo, Shane Gunster, Cheryl Hall, Karen Litfin, Michael Maniates, John M. Meyer, Simon Nicholson, Anna Peterson, Thomas Princen, Sudhir Chella Rajan, Paul Wapner, Justin Williams
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Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 7/9/2010
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Gina Neff is Associate Professor of Communication and Sociology at the University of Washington and the School of Public Policy at Central European University. She is the coeditor of the book Surviving the New Economy.John M. Meyer is Professor in the Department of Politics and a Faculty Member in Environmental Studies and the Environment and Community Graduate Program at Humboldt State University. He is the author of Political Nature: Environmentalism and the Interpretation of Western Thought and the coeditor of The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice (both published by the MIT Press).
|Must We Sacrifice?: Confronting the Politics of Sacrifice in an Ecologically Full World|
|Asking the Right Questions|
|A Democratic Politics of Sacrifice?|
|Sacrifice in an Age of Comfort|
|Freedom, Values, and Sacrifice: Overcoming Obstacles to Environmentally Sustainable Behavior|
|Seeing Sacrifice in Everyday Life|
|Ordinary and Extraordinary Sacrifices: Religion, Everyday Life, and Environmental Practice|
|The Sacred and the Profane in the Ecological Politics of Sacrifice|
|Consumer Sovereignty, Heroic Sacrifice: Two Insidious Concepts in an Endlessly Expansionist Economy|
|Parental Sacrifice as Atonement for Future Climate Change|
|Obstacles and Opportunities|
|Self-Interest, Sacrifice, and Climate Change: (Re-)Framing the British Columbia Carbon Tax|
|Civic Virtue and Sacrifice in a Suburban Nation|
|Bikes, Sticks, Carrots|
|Intelligent Design?: Unpacking Geoengineering's Hidden Sacrifices|
|Struggling with Sacrifice: Take Back Your Time and Right2Vacation.org|
|Conclusion: Sacrifice and a New Environmental Politics|
|List of Contributors|