Economy and Environment

Political economy and environmental history

Research into the root causes of today’s environmental problems rarely fails to approach the beating heart of our social system: capitalism as an ever expanding system of accumulation and production. Through the methods of critical political economy, we trace the historical development of the capitalist system as a socioecological process. Capitalism has always been a profoundly ecological enterprise, in that it produces and reproduces nature, both human and extra-human, often with highly destructive consequences. Political economy and environmental history are tools for understanding the power invested in the socio-ecologically destructive structures of our time, and raise the questions of what is required to transcend them.


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  • Hornborg, A. (2013) 1812, 1912, 2012 – Tre nedslag i industrisamhällets historia. M. Viktorin & C. Widmark, eds., Antropologi och tid. Ymer 2013.
  • Hornborg, A. (2013) Animism, Fetishism, and the Cultural Foundations of Capitalism. G. Harvey, ed., Handbook of Contemporary Animism. Equinox.
  • Hornborg, A. (2013) Industrial Societies. International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Hornborg, A. (2013) Kin Terminologies as Linguistic Imprints of Regional Processes: The Socio-ecological Contexts of Close versus Distant Marriage Patterns in Indigenous Amazonia. I. Keen & P. McConvell, eds., Kinship Systems: Change and Reconstruction, pp.123-132. University of Utah Press.
  • Hornborg, A. (2013) Revelations of Resilience: From the Ideological Disarmament of Disaster to the Revolutionary Implications of (P)anarchy. Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses 1(2).
  • Hornborg, A. (2013) The Ecology of Empire: From “Ecological Imperialism” to Imperialism as an Ecological Process. P. Bang, C.A. Bayly & W. Scheidel, eds., The Oxford World History of Empire.
  • Hornborg, A. (2013) The Fossil Interlude: Euro-American Power and the Return of the Physiocrats. S. Strauss, S. Rupp & T. Love, eds., Cultures of Energy: Power, Practices, Technologies, pp.41-59. Left Coast Press.
  • Hornborg, A. (2013) Why Solar Panels Don’t Grow on Trees: Technological Utopianism and the Uneasy Relation between Ecomarxism and Ecological Economics. J. Hedrén & K. Bradley, eds., Green Utopianism. Routledge.
  • Hornborg, A. (2013) World-systems Analysis. Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. [in press]
  • Hornborg, A. (2013) Den vite konsumentens börda. Stellan Tengroth, ed., Att svära i kyrkan – Tjugo röster om evig tillväxt på en ändlig planet
  • Hornborg, A. (2013) Technology as Fetish: Marx, Latour, and the Cultural Foundations of Capitalism. Theory, Culture, and Society
  • Hornborg, A. (2013) Revelations of resilience: From the ideological disarmament of disaster to the revolutionary implications of (p) anarchy. Resilience, 2013(ahead-of-print): p. 1-14.
  • Hornborg, A., L. Eriksen & R. Bogadóttir (2013) Correlating Landesque Capital and Ethno-political Integration in Pre-Columbian South America. T. Håkansson & M. Widgren, eds., Landesque Capital: The Historical Ecology of Enduring Landscape Modifications. Left Coast Press.


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