Ecological Imperialism and the Global Metabolic Rift

  title={Ecological Imperialism and the Global Metabolic Rift},
  author={B. Clark and J. Foster},
  journal={International Journal of Comparative Sociology},
  pages={311 - 334}
  • B. Clark, J. Foster
  • Published 2009
  • Economics
  • International Journal of Comparative Sociology
  • Transfers in economic values are shadowed in complex ways by real material-ecological flows that transform ecological relations between city and country, and between the core and periphery. Directing material flows is a vital part of intercapitalist competition. Ecological imperialism creates asymmetries in the exploitation of the environment, unequal exchange, and a global metabolic rift. The 19th-century guano/nitrates trade illustrates the emergence of a global metabolic rift, as guano and… CONTINUE READING
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