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In recent years John Bellamy Foster has emerged as a leading theorist of the Marxist perspective on ecology. His seminal book Marx's Ecology (Monthly Review Press, 2000) discusses the place of ecological issues within the intellectual history of Marxism and on the philosophical foundations of a Marxist ecology, and has become a major point of reference in ecological debates. This historical and philosophical focus is now supplemented by more directly political engagement in his new book, Ecology against Capitalism. In a broad-ranging treatment of contemporary ecological politics, Foster deals with such issues as pollution, sustainable development, technological responses to environmental crisis, population growth, soil fertility, the preservation of ancient forests, and the "new economy" of the Internet age.

Foster's introduction sets out the unifying themes of these essays enabling the reader to draw from them a consolidated approach to a rapidly-expanding field of debate which is of critical importance in our times.

Within these debates on the politics of ecology, Foster's work develops an important and distinctive perspective. Where many of these debates assume a basic divergence of "red" and "green" issues, and are concerned with the exact terms of a trade-off between them, Foster argues that Marxismproperly understoodalready provides the framework within which ecological questions are best approached. This perspective is advanced here in accessible and concrete form, taking account of the major positions in contemporary ecological debate.

About the Author

John Bellamy Foster is professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, and co-editor of Monthly Review. He is author of The Vulnerable Planet and Marx's Ecology, and co-editor of In Defense of History, Capitalism and the Information Age, and Hungry for Profit, all published by Monthly Review Press.

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ISBN:
9781583670569
Author:
Foster, John Bellamy
Publisher:
Monthly Review Press
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Practical Politics
Subject:
Capitalism
Subject:
Public Policy
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Political Process - General
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
City Planning & Urban Development
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20020231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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