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Is There a Socialocene?

Author(s): Zsuzsa Gille
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, History, Social Sciences, Economy, Political Theory, Sociology, Social history, Recent History (1900 till today), Political economy, Politics and society, Social Theory, Human Ecology, Rural and urban sociology, Political Ecology, Radical sociology , Environmental interactions, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), Globalization
Published by: Fordulat
Keywords: socialism;nature;envinronment;world-system analysis;socialism and nature;

Summary/Abstract: The goal of this essay is to reevaluate state socialism’s environmental record. Zsuzsa Gille argues that state socialist modernity had its own view of nature and materials, as well as a largely misunderstood ethical stance to consumption that is ignored in today’s studies of capitalocene examining the interrelations of capitalism and climate crisis. This article provides a view not so much of the environmental advantages and disadvantages of central planning or “backwardness,” but rather demonstrate a unique economic logic that arguably carried some potential for a greener postsocialism. Instead of returning to the rightfully criticized Anthropocene term, however, Zsuzsa Gille argues for a more central role for waste and materiality in our understanding of the current dilemmas around global environmental problems.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 25
  • Page Range: 78-101
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Hungarian