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Counting Carbon: Calculative Activism and Slippery Infrastructure

Beuret, N (2017) 'Counting Carbon: Calculative Activism and Slippery Infrastructure.' Antipode, 49 (5). 1164 - 1185. ISSN 0066-4812

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Abstract

The environmental movement in the global North is in a state of impasse. It appears that despite the renewed international focus on climate change, and the actions of innumerable social movements, a “solution” to the problem appears as one, without a viable solution. It is the contention of this paper that climate change has no clearly viable solution as it is a seemingly impossible problem. This paper investigates how the problem of climate change is constructed as a global object of political action and how it functions to render politics into a matter of calculative action, one that seeks—but fails—to take hold of a slippery carbon infrastructure. It concludes by suggesting one possible solution to this dilemma is to turn away from the global scalar logic of climate change and towards a situated focus on questions of infrastructure, or what Dimitris Papadopoulos calls “thick justice”.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: thick justice, failure, climate change, infrastructure;, activism, energy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2017 15:22
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2019 02:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20520

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