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From 'zombies' to 'coyotes': environmentalism where we are

Anderson, Jonathan Mark 2010. From 'zombies' to 'coyotes': environmentalism where we are. Environmental Politics 19 (6) , pp. 973-991. 10.1080/09644016.2010.518684

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Environmentalism is in trouble. Some denounce it for being 'depressing and dowdy'; others have announced its 'death'. Environmentalism faces three problems: the disconnection of 'the environment' as an intellectual concept from popular understandings, the broader development culture in which environmentalism is preached and the denial discourse it is popularly seen to spread. As a result, environmentalism is not dead but has become a 'zombie' category. Environmentalism can be reframed to enable more effective engagement with green practices by drawing constructive alignment between discourses of environmentalism and notions of fragmented and malleable identities. Doing so works towards a vocabulary of theory and practice that is sensitive to hybridity and contradiction, whilst retaining the utopian stimulus of conventional environmentalism. Drawing on the terminology of Haraway, 'coyote' environmentalism is one move towards a more productive framing of environmental practice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Uncontrolled Keywords: environmentalism, identity, practice, coyote, zombie
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0964-4016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:07

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