Greening Civic Republicanism I

John Barry

in The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199695393
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738982 | DOI:
Greening Civic Republicanism I

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Turns our attention to politics and discusses the potential for a ‘green republicanism’ as a viable, attractive, and pragmatic basis for green politics. It suggests that the republican account of the human political condition takes cognizance of vulnerability and in this way has an inherent concern with unsustainability. Its promotion of, inter alia, civic virtue, active and empowered citizenship, the promotion of ‘rough equality’, the creation of social solidarity, and a politics of the common good, has many of the features identified as constitutive of resilient communities as outlined in chapter 3. The civic republican focus on memorialization and remembrance resonates with the discussion in chapter 3 of the role of rituals, such as festivals and public holidays for example. Against the dangers of ‘sequestration’ , a green republicanism consciously seeks to bring to the fore those features of human life which are prone to be suppressed and sublated and in so doing rendering that which is often viewed as non- or pre-political, such as human-nature relations or gendered reproductive work, explicitly political.

Keywords: civic republicanism; green political theory; common good; memorialization; sustainability; vulnerability; dependence

Chapter.  9919 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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