Hammond, M (2021) Imagination and Critique in Environmental Politics. Environmental Politics. ISSN 0964-4016

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Against environmentalism’s roots in radical re-thinking of society, mainstream environmental politics has become a largely technical, problem-solving matter of realising concrete targets. Environmental politics scholarship seems to have followed suit, with most publications in journals such as Environmental Politics focusing on realist analyses of mainstream politics as opposed to radical and critical thought. This article contends a solely target-driven discourse loses sight of two vital dimensions of environmental politics: radical imagination and ideology critique. Insofar as the late-capitalist mainstream drives both environmental destruction itself and forms of political domination entwined with it – such as depoliticisation and colonisation – critical and imaginative research that challenges this is urgently needed. I argue environmental politics scholarship, and thus the journals that give it its platform, have a responsibility to actively withstand the biases produced by ideology, by promoting critical and radical work and engaging with the movements for democratisation and decolonisation of academic practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final version of this accepted article and all relevant information can be found online at; https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09644016.2021.1880062
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environmental Politics, critical theory, critique, ideology, imagination, decolonisation
Subjects: J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Political and Global Studies
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2021 09:54
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2022 01:30
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/9135

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