Theory & Struggle

Covid and the politics of nature

Theory & Struggle (2021), 122, (1), 58–67.

Abstract

It is argued that the decades before 2020 saw a steady rise in public concern about and political recognition of symptoms of a crisis in human social and economic relations to (the rest of) nature. For many, the Covid-19 pandemic has become linked to that, as well as providing, despite the grief and suffering, moments when a different relationship to nature could be experienced. The possibility of a transformative politics towards a just reconciliation between social life and nature may be more visible, but will be ruthlessly resisted by those in power.

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Benton, Ted