Timothy W. Luke

in The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199566600
Published online January 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations


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This article explores the utility of Foucault's analysis of governmentality, and subsequent elaborations of his project in work on ‘environmentality’, for understanding global climate change and various social responses to mitigate or adapt to the disruptions associated with global warming. To accomplish this task, it lays out a brief theoretical account of governmentality as environmentality, and some different intellectual views of these eco-managerial practices. It examines how climate change has brought to light new issues to those viewing the world and the challenges of climate change tied to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the theories of environmentality. Furthermore, this article indicates how the theory of environmentality can shed new light on the practices of climate science, the responses of scientific experts and various agencies to global warming, and some attempts at international climate change governance. It concludes with a review of the dangers of environmentality in an era of climate change as well as the opportunities for resistance.

Keywords: governmentality; environmentality; opportunities for resistance; greenhouse gas; eco-managerial practices

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Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Public Administration

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