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The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability
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The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability: Human Flourishing in a Climate-Changed, Carbon Constrained World

John Barry


Going against both the naive techno-optimist of ‘greening business as usual’ and a resurgent ‘catastrophism’ within green thinking and politics, The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability offers an analysis of the causes of unsustainability and diminished human flourishing. The books locates the causes of unsustainability in dominant capitalist modes of production, debt-based consumer culture, the imperative for orthodox economic growth and the dominant ideology of neoclassical economics. It suggests that valuable insights into the causes of and alternatives to unsustainability can be ... More

Keywords: unsustainability, human flourishing, green politics, resilience, vulnerability, green republicanism, political economy, sufficiency, post-growth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199695393
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695393.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Barry, author
Reader in Politics, Associate Director, Institute for a Sustainable World, Queen's University Belfast