Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime

Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime

by Bruno Latour


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Climate change has led to political crisis, with massive inequalities and deregulation. Equally, the Left still hopes in globalization - when, everywhere, people are turning back to the protection of national borders. Bruno Latour argues the solution lies in reorienting our perspective. Bringing us down to earth is the task of politics today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781509530564
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/29/2018
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bruno Latour is one of the world’s leading sociologists and anthropologists. He taught at the École des Mines in Paris from 1982 to 2006 and he is now Professor and Vice-President for Research at Institut d'études politiques (Sciences Po). His many books include Laboratory Life, We Have Never Been Modern, Reassembling the Social and Facing Gaia.

Table of Contents

  • Table of Contents
  • 1. A hypothesis as political fiction: the explosion of inequalities and the denial of climate change are one and the same phenomenon.
  • 2. Thanks to America’s abandonment of the climate agreement, we now know clearly what war has been declared.
  • 3. The question of migrations now concerns everyone, offering a new and very wicked universality: finding oneself deprived of ground.
  • 4. One must take care not to confuse globalization-plus with globalization-minus.
  • 5. How the globalist ruling classes have decided to abandon all the burdens of solidarity, little by little.
  • 6. The abandonment of a common world leads to epistemological delirium
  • 7. The appearance of a third pole undoes the classical organization of modernity torn between the first two poles, the Local and the Global.
  • 8. The invention of “Trumpism” makes it possible to identify a fourth attractor, the Out-of-This-World.
  • 9. In identifying the attractor we can call Terrestrial, we identify a new geopolitical organization.
  • 10. Why the successes of political ecology have never been commensurate with the stakes.
  • 11. Why political ecology has had so much trouble breaking away from the Right/Left opposition.
  • 12. How to ensure the relay between social struggles and ecological struggles.
  • 13. The class struggle becomes a struggle among geosocial positions.
  • 14. The detour by way of history makes it possible to understand how a certain notion of “nature” has immobilized political positions.
  • 15. We must succeed in breaking the spell of “nature” as it has been pinned down by the modern vision of the Left/Right opposition.
  • 16. A world composed of objects does not have the same type of resistance as a world composed of agents.
  • 17. The sciences of the Critical Zone do not have the same political functions as those of the other natural sciences
  • 18. The contradiction between the system of production and the system of engendering is heating up
  • 19. A new attempt at describing dwelling placesÑFrance’s ledgers of complaints as a possible model.
  • 20. A personal defense of the Old Continent.
  • Acknowledgements
  • Figures
  • Notes

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