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Sustainability, Wellbeing and the Posthuman Turn

Authors: Smith, Thomas S.J.

  • Explores two core terms in the study of sustainable development – wellbeing and sustainability
  • Breaks from current technocratic understandings, and calls for an alternative vision of social development
  • Affirms the need to rethink wellbeing and sustainability in the light of a recent turn towards New Materialism and posthumanism 
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About this book

This book examines how the way we conceive of, or measure, the environment changes the way we interact with it. Thomas Smith posits that environmentalism and sustainable development have become increasingly post-political, characterised by abstraction, and quantification to an unprecedented extent. As such, the book argues that our ways of measuring both the environment, such as through sustainability metrics like footprints and Payments for Ecosystem Services, and society, through gross domestic product and wellbeing measures, play a constitutive and problematic role in how we conceive of ourselves in the world. Subsequently, as the quantified environmental approach drives a dualistic wedge between the human and non-human realms, in its final section the book puts forward recent developments in new materialism and feminist ethics of care as providing practical ways of re-founding sustainable development in a way that firmly acknowledges human-ecological relations. This book will be an invaluable reference for scholars and students in the fields of human geography, political ecology, and environmental sociology.

About the authors

Thomas S.J. Smith received his PhD from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Environmental Studies at Masaryk University, Czech Republic, and an editor at the Dark Mountain Project, an environmental literary initiative which gathers writers, poets, and artists who are interested in challenging the conventional narratives of civilisation.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)
  • The New Sustainable Development Agenda: An Introduction to Measurement and Conceptualisation

    Pages 1-17

    Smith, Thomas S. J.

  • Our Calculable Earth: The Abstraction of Nature and the Death of Environmental Politics

    Pages 19-41

    Smith, Thomas S. J.

  • Our Calculable Selves: The Rise and Hegemony of Well-Being Discourse

    Pages 43-61

    Smith, Thomas S. J.

  • Ecological Ethics of Care and the Multiple Self: Revisiting the Roots of Environmentalism

    Pages 63-90

    Smith, Thomas S. J.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sustainability, Wellbeing and the Posthuman Turn
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-94078-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-94078-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-94077-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 93
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