Miljøbevægelsens nye ånd

Bjerre, Henrik Jøker
July 2008
Dansk Sociologi;jul2008, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p127
Academic Journal
In The New Spirit of Capitalism Luc Boltanski and Ève Chiapello describe the transition from the "spirit of capitalism" in late European industrialized capitalism to the new spirit of capitalism in the so called network economy of the 1990s and onwards. This article seeks to track a parallel development within the environmental movement: Capitalism was subjected to radical critique from various environmental movements in the 1960s and early 1970s, but today most environmental movements play by the rules of network capitalism. On the one hand, the new spirit of capitalism has made it possible to incorporate many of the critical points which were articulated by the early environmental movement; on the other hand, environmental movements have moderated their critique and adjusted to the rules of the game in parliamentary democracy and free market economy. The question remains, however, whether the environmental movements can maintain this position with regard to network economy, whilst delivering on the new exigency of today's environment, especially the challenges of global warming.


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