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The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice : The MIT Press - Michael Maniates

The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice

The MIT Press

By: Michael Maniates (Editor), John M. Meyer (Editor)

Paperback Published: 6th July 2010
ISBN: 9780262514361
Number Of Pages: 352
For Ages: 18+ years old

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The idea of sacrifice is the unspoken issue of environmental politics. Politicians, the media, and many environmentalists assume that well-off populations won't make sacrifices now for future environmental benefits and won't change their patterns and perceptions of consumption to make ecological room for the world's three billion or so poor eager to improve their standard of living. "The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice" challenges these assumptions, arguing that they limit our policy options, weaken our ability to imagine bold action for change, and blind us to the ways sacrifice already figures in everyday life. The concept of sacrifice has been curiously unexamined in both activist and academic conversations about environmental politics, and this book is the first to confront it directly. The chapters bring a variety of disciplinary perspectives to the topic. Contributors offer alternatives to the conventional wisdom on sacrifice; identify connections between sacrifice and human fulfillment in everyday life, finding such concrete examples as parents' sacrifices in raising children, religious practice, artists' pursuit of their art, and soldiers and police officers who risk their lives to do their jobs; and examine particular policies and practices that shape our understanding of environmental problems, including the carbon tax, incentives for cyclists, and the perils of green consumption. "The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice" puts "sacrifice" firmly into the conversation about effective environmental politics and policies, insisting that activists and scholars do more than change the subject when the idea is introduced. Contributors: Peter Cannavo, Shane Gunster, Cheryl Hall, Karen Litfin, Michael Maniates, John M. Meyer, Simon Nicholson, Anna Peterson, Thomas Princen, Sudhir Chella Rajan, Paul Wapner, Justin Williams

An essential contribution to the literature on environmental political theory, environmental politics, and political theory...

-Elisabeth Ellis, Texas A&M University, Perspectives on Politics
[Maniates and Meyer] offer a series of treasurable essays that should be required reading for any Westerner contemplating the demands of a present in which climate uncertainty and resource scarcity are daily facts of life for the vast majority of humanity.

-Canadian Journal of Political Science * Reviews *
An essential contribution to the literature on environmental political theory, environmental politics, and political theory...

-Elisabeth Ellis, Texas A&M University, Perspectives on Politics * Reviews *

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Must We Sacrifice?: Confronting the Politics of Sacrifice in an Ecologically Full Worldp. 1
Asking the Right Questionsp. 9
A Democratic Politics of Sacrifice?p. 13
Sacrifice in an Age of Comfortp. 33
Freedom, Values, and Sacrifice: Overcoming Obstacles to Environmentally Sustainable Behaviorp. 61
Seeing Sacrifice in Everyday Lifep. 87
Ordinary and Extraordinary Sacrifices: Religion, Everyday Life, and Environmental Practicep. 91
The Sacred and the Profane in the Ecological Politics of Sacrificep. 117
Consumer Sovereignty, Heroic Sacrifice: Two Insidious Concepts in an Endlessly Expansionist Economyp. 145
Parental Sacrifice as Atonement for Future Climate Changep. 165
Obstacles and Opportunitiesp. 185
Self-Interest, Sacrifice, and Climate Change: (Re-)Framing the British Columbia Carbon Taxp. 187
Civic Virtue and Sacrifice in a Suburban Nationp. 217
Bikes, Sticks, Carrotsp. 247
Intelligent Design?: Unpacking Geoengineering's Hidden Sacrificesp. 271
Struggling with Sacrifice: Take Back Your Time and Right2Vacation.orgp. 293
Conclusion: Sacrifice and a New Environmental Politicsp. 313
List of Contributorsp. 321
Indexp. 323
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ISBN: 9780262514361
ISBN-10: 0262514362
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 6th July 2010
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.9  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.47