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Review of The Ecological Revolution by John Bellamy Foster . Monthly Review Press, 2009. in Contemporary Sociology. Vol. 39, 4, pp. 444-445
(2010)
  • Paul K. Gellert, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Abstract

[Extract] John Bellamy Foster offers a dire picture of the ecological crisis facing us. He then uses a powerful set of tools to explain how capitalism’s logic of profit over people drives the crisis, and carefully explains, “why and how we should and can struggle for a more sustainable ecological and social order” (p.8). Building on the tradition of Raymond Williams, Ernst Bloch, Bertolt Brecht, and Rachel Carson, Foster intends his analysis of ecological crisis to lead not to despair but to a politics of hope aimed at concrete utopias. The book is a powerful contribution to public sociology as Foster dissects the futility of technocratic theories and solutions to our environmental problems. The book brings together a set of essays that were previously published over the last twelve years with a wholly new introduction that presents the groundwork for the ecological revolution that Foster argues is needed (more on that below). The introduction also prepares the reader for the remainder of the book. Most of the essays appeared first in the small-circulation socialist journal Monthly Review. Only Foster’s award-winning 1999 article in the American Journal of Sociology on the …

Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Paul K. Gellert. "Review of The Ecological Revolution by John Bellamy Foster . Monthly Review Press, 2009. in Contemporary Sociology. Vol. 39, 4, pp. 444-445" (2010)
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