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International Political Economy Series

Transitioning to a Post-Carbon Society

Degrowth, Austerity and Wellbeing

Editors: Garcia, Ernest, Martinez-Iglesias, Mercedes, Kirby, Peadar (Eds.)

  • Represents a major contribution to debates about society, the environment and climate change
  • Provides a framework for understanding and managing the transition to a post-carbon world
  • Contains a range of case studies on social projects and experiments that are leading the way
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About this book

This book deals with one of the most pressing social and environmental issues that we face today. The transition to a post-carbon society, in which the consumption of fossil fuels decreases over time, has become an inevitability due to the need to prevent catastrophic climate change, the increasing cost and scarcity of energy, and complex combinations of both of these factors. As the authors point out, this will not only entail political adjustments and the replacement of some technologies by others, but will be accompanied by social and cultural changes that bring about substantial modifications in our societies and ways of life. This book examines whether the current conditions, which date back to the crisis that began in 2007, favour a benign and smooth transition or will make it more difficult and prone to conflict. It argues that, even if this transformation is unavoidable, the directions it will take and the resulting social forms are much less certain. There will be many post-carbon societies, the authors conclude, and any number of routes to social change. Transitioning to a Post-Carbon Society therefore represents a significant contribution to global debates on the environment, and is vital reading for academics, policymakers, business leaders, NGOs and the general public alike.

About the authors

Ernest Garcia is Professor of Sociology at the University of Valencia, Spain.
Mercedes Martinez-Iglesias is a Research Technician at the University of Valencia, Spain.
Peadar Kirby is Professor Emeritus of International Politics and Public Policy at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • The Deadlock of the Thermo-Industrial Civilization: The (Impossible?) Energy Transition in the Anthropocene

    Gras, Alain

    Pages 3-35

  • Uncertainties, Inertia and Cognitive and Psychosocial Obstacles to a Smooth Transition

    Sempere, Joaquim

    Pages 37-56

  • Towards the Post-Carbon Society: Searching for Signs of the Transition and Identifying Obstacles

    Garcia, Ernest (et al.)

    Pages 57-86

  • The Degrowth Imperative: Reducing Energy and Resource Consumption as an Essential Component in Achieving Carbon Budget Targets

    Wiseman, John (et al.)

    Pages 87-108

  • Austerity Pasts, Austerity Futures?

    Bramall, Rebecca

    Pages 111-129

Buy this book

eBook £83.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95176-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £104.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
valid through November 5, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95175-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transitioning to a Post-Carbon Society
Book Subtitle
Degrowth, Austerity and Wellbeing
Editors
  • Ernest Garcia
  • Mercedes Martinez-Iglesias
  • Peadar Kirby
Series Title
International Political Economy Series
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95176-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95176-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95175-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 285
Number of Illustrations and Tables
17 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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