Changing our Environment, Changing Ourselves: Nature, by James S. Ormrod

By James S. Ormrod

In this publication, a party of the paintings of the sociologist Peter Dickens serves because the catalyst for exploring the connection among human ‘internal nature’ (our wellbeing and fitness and mental future health) and ‘external nature’ (the setting on which we rely and which we jointly transform). throughout contributions from Ted Benton, James Ormrod, Kate Soper, John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark, Graham Sharp, James Addicott, Kathryn Dean and Peter Dickens himself, the e-book attracts awareness to alienation linked to the advertising of alternative knowledges in past due capitalist creation. however it additionally highlights the chances for producing much less alienated family members with our surroundings sooner or later. in addition to discussing the philosophical and theoretical concerns concerned, the publication comprises modern case experiences of ultra-processed nutrients, satellite tv for pc farming, computerised pondering and darkish tourism.

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People just need 2 Peter Dickens: Late Capitalism, Nature, and Mental Life 25 to perform, not asking too many difficult questions.  163) The tendency of modern capitalist societies to undermine traditional community ties and solidarities in favour of atomised, individualistic, and self-absorbed modes of personal and psychic life has long been a concern of sociological writers, as Dickens points out. However, new forms of ‘post-Fordist’ industrial organisation, requiring increased flexibility and adaptability on the part of even core workers, together with proliferation of a great variety of insecure, part-time, agency and sub-contracting working arrangements, are contributing to the formation of new kinds of subjectivity.

But the spread of these personality traits, especially among elites, has serious political consequences. This is not simply a matter of a tendency to withdraw from political engagement, as noticed by other writers, such as Lasch, who have used these ideas. In addition, there are cognitive implications that serve to undermine the development of adequate policy responses to the major challenges of our times: Elites and others transfixed by celebrity and instant gratification combined with a commodified ‘virtual nature’ are fatal combinations.

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