The Capitalocene, Part I: on the nature and origins of our ecological crisis

@article{Moore2017TheCP,
  title={The Capitalocene, Part I: on the nature and origins of our ecological crisis},
  author={Jason W. Moore},
  journal={The Journal of Peasant Studies},
  year={2017},
  volume={44},
  pages={594 - 630}
}
  • Jason W. Moore
  • Published 17 March 2017
  • History
  • The Journal of Peasant Studies
This essay, in two parts, argues for the centrality of historical thinking in coming to grips with capitalism’s planetary crises of the twenty-first century. Against the Anthropocene’s shallow historicization, I argue for the Capitalocene, understood as a system of power, profit and re/production in the web of life. In Part I, I pursue two arguments. First, I situate the Anthropocene discourse within Green Thought’s uneasy relationship to the Human/Nature binary, and its reluctance to consider… 
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