Ecology and Cultural Political Economy
By (author) Matthew Paterson
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Automobile Politics by Matthew Paterson
Book DescriptionThe car, and the range of social and political institutions which sustain its dominance, play an important role in many of the environmental problems faced by contemporary society. But in order to understand the possibilities for moving towards sustainability and 'greening cars', it is first necessary to understand the political forces that have made cars so dominant. This book identifies these forces as a combination of political economy and cultural politics. From the early twentieth century, the car became central to the organization of capitalism and deeply embedded in individual identities, providing people with a source of value and meaning but in a way which was broadly consistent with social imperatives for mobility. Projects for sustainability to reduce the environmental impacts of cars are therefore constrained by these forces but must deal with them in order to shape and achieve their goals.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521870801
(228mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Matthew Paterson
Towards a Cultural Politics of Climate Change, Hardback (September 2016)
This book develops new perspectives on the cultural politics of climate change and its implications for responding to this challenge.
Climate Capitalism, Paperback (May 2010)
Explores how we should react to the political dilemmas of adapting the global economy to confront climate change.
Cultural Political Economy, Hardback (December 2009)
Argues that culture is a concept that can be used to develop subtle and fruitful analyses of the dynamics and problems of the global political economy. Rediscovering the unacknowledged role of culture in the writings of classical political economists, this book reveals its central place in the historical evolution of post-war capitalism.
Automobile Politics, Paperback (July 2007)» View all books by Matthew Paterson
Examines the role of the car in contemporary society and its contribution to environmental problems.
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Author Biography - Matthew Paterson
Matthew Paterson is Professor of Political Science in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of Understanding Global Environmental Politics: Domination, Accumulation, Resistance (2000), Energy Exporters and Climate Change (with Peter Kassler, 1997) and Global Warming and Global Politics (1996).
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