Environmental Crises and the Metabolic Rift in World-Historical Perspective

  title={Environmental Crises and the Metabolic Rift in World-Historical Perspective},
  author={Jason W. Moore},
  journal={Organization \& Environment},
  pages={123 - 157}
  • Jason W. Moore
  • Published 1 June 2000
  • Economics
  • Organization & Environment
This article proposes a new theoretical framework to study the dialectic of capital and nature over the longue duree of world capitalism. The author proposes that today’s global ecological crisis has its roots in the transition to capitalism during the long sixteenth century. The emergence of capitalism marked not only a decisive shift in the arenas of politics, economy, and society, but a fundamental reorganization of world ecology, characterized by a “metabolic rift,” a progressively… 

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