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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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Against Ecological Sovereignty

Against Ecological Sovereignty

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Against Ecological Sovereignty

Mick Smith

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter covers the potential erosion of state sovereignty in the ecological aspects of globalization, focusing on the biopolitical dangers represented by sovereignty to ecology and politics. It talks about different understandings of globalization, such as David Harvey’s theory on time-space compression, Wolfgang Schivelbusch’s take on economic and sociocultural interdependencies, and Roland Robertson’s notion of the proliferation of supra- and non-governmental global organizations and agreements. The chapter also discusses global capitalism, emphasizing Manuel Castell’s argument on the transformative power of global information technologies in the emergence of a new transnational “network society.”

Keywords:   state sovereignty, globalization, biopolitical dangers, David Harvey, Wolfgang Schivelbusch, Roland Robertson, global capitalism, global information technologies, network society

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