Social Ecology and Sustainability Theory Themes:
Anarchism and ecology. Is human nature separate form nature? Sustainability: small is beautiful. The new visions of tribalism/monasticism. Sustainable living. Required Reading: Murray Bookchin, what is Social Ecology?
- http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/Anarchist_Archives/bookchin/socecol.html (Links to an external site.)
Videos: Murray Bookchin: Human Domination over Nature, the Mentality & It’s Social Roots
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP2_4wrCmkA (Links to an external site.)
Naomi Klein, Climate Change: “This changes everything” This synopsis of her recent book strongly situates social ecology.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqw99rJYq8Q (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Essay 13 – Final essay:
How does Murray Bookchin apply Anarchist social theory to the ecological crisis of our times? What are the main ideas of Social ecology? What is the relation between sustainable technology, self-sufficiency and human freedom? Spell out the main points in Naomi Klein’s synopsis of her recent book on climate change. How does social ecology take us back to the issue of how our relationship with nature is the same as our relationships with one other – socially and politically?
Finally, in 200 words describe what you think you may remember from this course, history of social thought class 10 years from now? How might this course have helped you to begin to articulate your own personal understanding of what society should be about and what most matters in life? Put another way, which of these theories may have influenced your way of seeing things? What now is your social theory?