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Against Ecological SovereigntyEthics, Biopolitics, and Saving the Natural World$
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Mick Smith

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670284

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670284.001.0001

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In Relation to the Lack of Environmental Policy

In Relation to the Lack of Environmental Policy

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(p.219) Apologue In Relation to the Lack of Environmental Policy
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Against Ecological Sovereignty
Author(s):

Mick Smith

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670284.003.0008

This chapter outlines the possibilities for rethinking and constituting ecological ethics and politics. It talks about legislative completeness, as the regulative counterpart to the global metastasis of free-market approaches that effectively reduce the world’s diversity to a common currency or a universal, abstract, monetary exchange value. The chapter concludes with a description of the currency of modernism and capitalism as a tangible indicator of the spread of biopolitics, and with an analysis of what “saving the natural world” mean.

Keywords:   ecological ethics, legislative completeness, global metastasis, free-market approaches, monetary exchange value, modernism, capitalism, biopolitics, natural world

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