Changing our Environment, Changing Ourselves

Nature, Labour, Knowledge and Alienation

Editors: Ormrod, James S. (Ed.)

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In this book, a celebration of the work of the sociologist Peter Dickens serves as the catalyst for exploring the relationship between human ‘internal nature’ (our health and psychological well-being) and ‘external nature’ (the environment on which we depend and which we collectively transform). Across contributions from Ted Benton, James Ormrod, Kate Soper, John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark, Graham Sharp, James Addicott, Kathryn Dean and Peter Dickens himself, the book draws attention to alienation associated with the promotion of different knowledges in late capitalist production. But it also highlights the possibilities for generating less alienated relations with our environment in the future. As well as discussing the philosophical and theoretical issues involved, the book contains contemporary case studies of ultra-processed food, satellite farming, computerised thinking and dark tourism.

About the authors

James S. Ormrod is a Principal Lecturer in Sociology, University of Brighton, UK. His research interests are in social movements and the relationships human beings have with their environment and the universe in general. He is the author of Fantasy and Social Movements (2014) and, with Peter Dickens, Cosmic Society (2007).

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Changing Our Environment, Changing Ourselves

    Ormrod, James S.

    Pages 1-12

  • Peter Dickens: Late Capitalism, Nature, and Mental Life

    Benton, Ted

    Pages 15-35

  • Defragmenting Nature: Themes in Peter Dickens’s Work

    Ormrod, James S.

    Pages 37-78

  • Environmental Alienation

    Soper, Kate

    Pages 81-99

  • Marx’s Universal Metabolism of Nature and the Frankfurt School: Dialectical Contradictions and Critical Syntheses

    Foster, John Bellamy (et al.)

    Pages 101-135

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Changing our Environment, Changing Ourselves
Book Subtitle
Nature, Labour, Knowledge and Alienation
Editors
  • James S. Ormrod
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56991-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56991-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56990-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 315
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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