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Capitalism’s addiction to fossil fuels is heating our planet at a pace and scale never before experienced. Extreme weather patterns, rising sea levels and accelerating feedback loops are a commonplace feature of our lives. The number of environmental refugees is increasing and several island states and low-lying countries are becoming vulnerable. Corporate-induced climate change has set us on an ecocidal path of species extinction. Governments and their international platforms such as the Paris Climate Agreement deliver too little, too late. Most states, including South Africa, continue on their carbon-intensive energy paths, with devastating results. Political leaders across the world are failing to provide systemic solutions to the climate crisis. This is the context in which we must ask ourselves: how can people and class agency change this destructive course of history? Volume three in the Democratic Marxism series, The Climate Crisis investigates eco-socialist alternatives that are emerging. It presents the thinking of leading climate justice activists, campaigners and social movements advancing systemic alternatives and developing bottom-up, just transitions to sustain life. Through a combination of theoretical and empirical work, the authors collectively examine the challenges and opportunities inherent in the current moment. This volume builds on the class-struggle focus of Volume 2 by placing ecological issues at the centre of democratic Marxism. Most importantly, it explores ways to renew historical socialism with democratic, eco-socialist alternatives to meet current challenges in South Africa and the world.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Tables and Box
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acronyms and Abbreviations
  2. p. x
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  1. Chapter 1 The Climate Crisis and Systemic Alternatives
  2. Vishwas Satgar
  3. pp. 1-28
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  1. Part One: The Climate Crisis as Capitalist Crisis
  1. Chapter 2 The Limits of Capitalist Solutions to the Climate Crisis
  2. Dorothy Grace Guerrero
  3. pp. 30-46
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  1. Chapter 3 The Anthropocene and Imperial Ecocide: Prospects for Just Transitions
  2. Vishwas Satgar
  3. pp. 47-68
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  1. Part Two: Democratic Eco-Socialist Alternatives in the World
  1. Chapter 4 The Employment Crisis, Just Transition and the Universal Basic Income Grant
  2. Hein Marais
  3. pp. 70-106
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  1. Chapter 5 The Rights of Mother Earth
  2. Pablo Sólon
  3. pp. 107-130
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  1. Chapter 6 Buen Vivir: An Alternative Perspective from the Peoples of the Global South to the Crisis of Capitalist Modernity
  2. Alberto Acosta and Mateo Martínez Abarca
  3. pp. 131-147
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  1. Chapter 7 Challenging the Growth Paradigm: Marx, Buddha and the Pursuit of ‘Happiness’
  2. Devan Pillay
  3. pp. 148-167
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  1. Chapter 8 Ubuntu and the Struggle for an African Eco-Socialist Alternative
  2. Christelle Terreblanche
  3. pp. 168-189
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  1. Chapter 9 The Climate Crisis and the Struggle for African Food Sovereignty
  2. Nnimmo Bassey
  3. pp. 190-208
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  1. Part Three: Democratic Eco-Socialist Alternatives in South Africa
  1. Chapter 10 The Climate Crisis and a ‘Just Transition’ in South Africa: An Eco-Feminist-Socialist Perspective
  2. Jacklyn Cock
  3. pp. 210-230
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  1. Chapter 11 Energy, Labour and Democracy in South Africa
  2. Michelle Williams
  3. pp. 231-251
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  1. Chapter 12 Capital, Climate and the Politics of Nuclear Procurement in South Africa
  2. David Fig
  3. pp. 252-271
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  1. Chapter 13 Climate Jobs at Two Minutes to Midnight
  2. Brian Ashley
  3. pp. 272-292
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  1. Chapter 14 Deepening the Just Transition through Food Sovereignty and the Solidarity Economy
  2. Andrew Bennie and Athish Satgoor
  3. pp. 293-313
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  1. Chapter 15 Eco-Capitalist Crises in the ‘Blue Economy’: Operation Phakisa’s Small, Slow Failures
  2. Desné Masie and Patrick Bond
  3. pp. 314-337
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  1. Conclusion
  2. Vishwas Satgar
  3. pp. 338-342
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 343-346
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 347-357
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781776142088
Related ISBN
9781776140541
MARC Record
OCLC
1053905436
Pages
372
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-23
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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