Publication Type:Journal Article
Source:Environmental Politics, Volume 16, Number 2, p.185-205 (2007)
This contribution sketches a conceptual framework for the analysis of the post-ecologist era and outlines a research agenda for investigating its politics of unsustainability. The article suggests that this new era and its particular mode of ecopolitics necessitate a new environmental sociology. Following a review of some achievements and limitations of the paradigm of sustainability, the concept of postecologism is related to existing discourses of the `end of nature', the `green backlash' and the `death of environmentalism'. The shifting terrain of eco-politics in the late-modern condition is mapped and an eco-sociological research programme outlined centring on the post-ecologist question: How do advanced modern capitalist consumer democracies try and manage to sustain what is known to be unsustainable?