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Tansel, Cemal Burak and Tilley, Lisa (2024) 'Reproducing Socio-ecological Life from Below: Towards a Planetary Political Economy of the Global Majority.' Review of International Studies, 50 (3). pp. 514-533.

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Confronting the coming five decades from our present conjuncture demands – to paraphrase Antonio Gramsci’s famous mantra – both critical pessimism and a wilful politics of hope. In this article, we engage with the politics of climate breakdown and the responses to wider socio-ecological crises with a necessary critical pessimism. Specifically, we confront the capture of green transition imperatives by finance capital, as well as the troubling orientation of transition towards building new structures of accumulation around the vision of an electrified consumer society. We also see the coming decades being marked by the ever-increasing wealth of global asset-owning classes – who, by definition, enclose the atmospheric commons faster than any other community. Against this dystopian picture of increasingly concentrated wealth, corporate excess, and terrestrial crisis, we focus on the stubborn reproduction of socio-ecological life through various grounded projects across the world. We engage with communities who work against structural constraints to reproduce life from below through urban commoning, food sovereignty, Indigenous organising, and caretaking economies – all of which are scaling out their visions through alternative internationals. All of these projects, we argue, present a planetary and multiscalar political economy in practice, which connects grounded experience with resistance to the dynamics of capitalism at the state, corporate, and transnational levels. With lessons from these communities in mind, we call for a ‘planetary political economy of the global majority’, which prioritises the reproduction of socio-ecological life according to the visions of grounded anti-systemic projects.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Keywords: climate change; energy transition; food sovereignty; global majority; International Political Economy; social movements
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 02602105
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2024 17:42

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