Edited by Raymond L. Bryant
Chapter 7: A time for Gramsci
This chapter makes a case for Antonio Gramsci’s philosophy of praxis as a key resource within political ecological debates. This case is constructed through drawing on recent contributions to what might be termed a Gramscian political ecology as well as Gramsci’s own writings and a number of important recent contributions to Gramscian debates from outside of the subfield of political ecology. After a brief introduction, the chapter then reviews past and present work in political ecology that has engaged with Gramsci’s approach. In so doing, the chapter seeks to demonstrate how Gramscian contributions open up new terrains for future research within the subfield of political ecology, at the same time as providing a particularly resilient foundation on which to ground it. Rather than representing a faddish turn, the chapter argues that engaging with Gramsci helps to ground studies of the politicized environment within a non-reductionist historical materialism that attends to the many determinations of environmental concerns. As with other contributions to this collection, my approach to political ecology is not limited to the production of environmental knowledge within the global North, but is rather shaped in a relationship of dialectical pedagogy with a range of conceptions of the world.
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