Special Section: After anthropocentrism? Environmental conflicts, social movements and power, edited by Alexander Koensler and Cristina Papa

Introduction: beyond anthropocentrism, changing practices and the politics of 'nature'

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In this introduction to a Special Section, we outline three recent interrelated research tendencies with regard to how to understand the practices and politics of 'nature': 1) a major attention towards non-anthropocentric environmental ideologies; 2) more complex analyses of environmental movements; and finally, 3) attention to unconventional every-day practices of environmental justice. In all three tendencies, we argue, a renewed attention to socio-economic power relations of the wider context becomes crucial for a better understanding of environmental dynamics. Ethnographically engaged studies from the European context offer examples of how it becomes possible to assess the impact of new grass-root practices, to pay attention to good micropractices, and understand the unexpected outcomes of the engagement with nature.

Keywords: Environmentalism, social movements, power, conflict

How to Cite: Koensler, A. & Papa, C. (2013) “Introduction: beyond anthropocentrism, changing practices and the politics of 'nature'”, Journal of Political Ecology. 20(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/v20i1.21767