A Contribution to the Critique of Political Ecology: Sustainability as Disavowal

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This article defines and examines the aspects of sustainability and tolerance; gives serious consideration into interpreting the presupposed damage through corporate invocation; and also includes a look into the 'disavowal of that transformation'. Then, the author takes a look at the environmental damages and sustainability factors, which are to be tolerated by society, because capital accumulation cannot continue to expand without this concept. From this standpoint the author then opens the discussion of aspects from the essays of Thomas Gladwin and James O'Connor, and the arguments and considerations given therein re natural and social elements and their effects on the environment; and then delves into a critique re progressive neoliberalism, and capitalism, and the factors of sustainability. Next, the article discusses the reproduction of exploitation, and the arguments and writings of Teresa Brennan; emphasizing her critique on power and the political ecology of capitalism; and thus, opening the doors of theory, and reflecting on means of sustainability once more. The author then concludes reflecting on the discourse of sustainability structured according to the logic of disavowal, and also comments on the ever-expanding process of capital accumulation, and the traumatizing reality of what this damage portends. Figures. M. Diem

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