Metanarrative and the Environment : A Story of Morality, Agency, and Governance, Hardback Book

Metanarrative and the Environment : A Story of Morality, Agency, and Governance Hardback

Part of the Routledge Research in Environmental Policy and Politics series


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To meet the challenge of global environmental degradation activists have tackled clear and concrete problems such as carbon emissions and climate change, the ruination of ecosystems and habitat, the precipitous loss of biodiversity, and many other unhappy consequences of irresponsible human behaviour.

However, all such efforts to manually correct the course of history have been dwarfed by the magnitude and heavy forward momentum of modern industrial society.

In Metanarrative and the Environment, Stephen James Purdey argues that material approaches to the environmental crisis cannot succeed without the power of a legitimating discourse – a new metanarrative – which fundamentally changes the ideational landscape of human development.

Dr. Purdey begins in Part I by establishing the pragmatics of our environmental predicament – its roots and responses to it.

He focuses on the concept, definition, and key features of metanarrative, introducing the hegemonic story that now rules the contemporary global mindscape.

Part II takes on the moral problematic more directly, encouraging the evolution of a new metanarrative by bringing our potential for agency in the face of danger into sharper relief.

Metanarrative and the Environment is multidisciplinary, with a particular emphasis on the creative humanities.

It will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students alike, as well as environmental activists and academics looking for a new way forward.

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