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Green Utopias: Environmental Hope Before and After Nature

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Environmentalism has relentlessly warned about the dire consequences of abusing and exploiting the planet's natural resources, imagining future wastelands of ecological depletion and social chaos. But it has also generated rich new ideas about how humans might live better with nature.

Green Utopias explores these ideas of environmental hope in the post-war period, from the environmental crisis to the end of nature. Using a broad definition of Utopia as it exists in Western policy, theory and literature, Lisa Garforth explains how its developing entanglement with popular culture and mainstream politics has shaped successive green future visions and initiatives. In the face of apocalyptic, despairing or indifferent responses to contemporary ecological dilemmas, utopias and the utopian method seem more necessary than ever.

This distinctive reading of green political thought and culture will appeal across the social sciences and humanities to all interested in why green utopias continue to matter in the cultivation of ecological values and the emergence of new forms of human and non-human well-being.

Author: Garforth Lisa
Publisher: POLITY PRESS
Pages: 196
ISBN: 9780745684741
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2018

Chapter 1

Introduction: utopia, environment and nature

Chapter 2

Environmentalism: from crisis to hope

Chapter 3

Deep ecology: wild nature, radical visions

Chapter 4

Utopian fiction: imagining the sustainable society

Chapter 5

No future: green utopias between apocalypse and adaptation

Chapter 6

After nature: ecological utopianism from limits to loss

Chapter 7

Conclusion: long live the green utopia?

Lisa Garforth is Lecturer in Sociology at Newcastle University

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