Climate change and class conflict in the Anthropocene: sink or swim together?

Murat Arsel*

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Abstract

Class is key to understanding the genesis and impacts of climate change. Nevertheless, it is commonly argued that ‘we are all in the same ship’, suggesting that emerging climate politics will not be conflictual along class lines. This paper demonstrates that (agrarian) political economy and political ecology scholars have not adequately scrutinized the relevance of class to contemporary environmental politics to counteract such claims. It also briefly considers two questions–can there be progress without conflict? and can there be conflict without an enemy?–before calling for the development of a Marxist theory of environmental conflicts in the Anthropocene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-95
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Peasant Studies
Volume50
Issue number1
Early online date25 Aug 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

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© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Funding Information:
I am grateful for the productive feedback of the anonymous referees and JPS editorial team. I would also like to thank colleagues who have read previous drafts or engaged with the core arguments of the paper, including Fikret Adaman, Bill Adams, Anirban Dasgupta, Wendy Harcourt, Jessica Hope and Lorenzo Pellegrini.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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