Domination, Power, Supremacy : Confronting Anthropolitics with Ecological Realism

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Ruuska , T , Heikkurinen , P & Wilen , K 2020 , ' Domination, Power, Supremacy : Confronting Anthropolitics with Ecological Realism ' , Sustainability , vol. 12 , no. 7 , 2617 . https://doi.org/10.3390/su12072617

Title: Domination, Power, Supremacy : Confronting Anthropolitics with Ecological Realism
Author: Ruuska, Toni; Heikkurinen, Pasi; Wilen, Kristoffer
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
University of Helsinki, Department of Economics and Management
Date: 2020-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 20
Belongs to series: Sustainability
ISSN: 2071-1050
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/316683
Abstract: In this article, we study politics as domination. From our point of view, domination, especially in the Anthropocene, has had two vital components-power and supremacy. In order to dominate, one has to have power over others. In addition, the politics of domination, such as colonial oppression of Latin America, has required reasoning, justification, and legitimation, often connected to superiority (because of religion, society, or civilization) from the oppressor's end. Past and present political ideologies and programs, such as colonialism, imperialism, but also welfare state capitalism, neoliberalism and increasingly popular Green New Deal are examples of what we call "anthropolitics", an anthropocentric approach to politics based on domination, power, and supremacist exploitation. In contrast to the prevailing anthropolitics, this article discusses post-Anthropocene politics, characterized by localization and decentralization, as well as a steep reduction of matter-energy throughput by introducing a theoretical frame called ecological realism.
Subject: anthropocentrism
Anthropocene
deep ecology
degrowth
domination
ecological realism
politics
post-Anthropocene
power
supremacy
ANTHROPOCENE
GEOLOGY
LIMITS
1172 Environmental sciences
511 Economics
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