Quotation Blühdorn, Ingolfur. 2007. Sustaining the Unsustainable: Symbolic Politics and the Politics of Simulation. Environmental Politics 2 (16): S. 251-275.




Abstract Stirred by the contradiction between the mainstreamed castigation of merely symbolic eco-politics and the firm resolve of advanced consumer democracies to defend the core principles of democratic consumer capitalism, this contribution undertakes a meta-critique of the paradigm of symbolic politics. A tentative typology of different varieties of symbolic politics maps the terrain for a detailed analysis of symbolic politics in the popular understanding. A comprehensive cultural shift conceptualised as the post-ecologist turn is held responsible not only for a fundamental transformation of the ways in which late-modern societies frame and process their environmental problems, but also for the exhaustion of authentic eco-politics which, by implication, renders the critique of merely symbolic politics questionable. The concept of simulative politics is suggested as a more appropriate conceptualisation of late-modern eco-politics. Practices of simulative politics are presented as a key strategy which help late-modern societies to sustain what is known to be unsustainable.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Environmental Politics
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Sustaining the Unsustainable: Symbolic Politics and the Politics of Simulation
Volume 2
Number 16
Year 2007
Page from 251
Page to 275
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09644010701211759


Blühdorn, Ingolfur (Details)
Institute for Social Change and Sustainability IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5108 Political theory (Details)
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