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Nature and the international: towards a materialist understanding of societal multiplicity

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The global environmental crisis requires a grasp of how human society interacts with nature, but also, simultaneously, how the world is divided into multiple societies. International Relations has a weak grasp of nature treating it as external to the international–an ‘environment’ to be managed–while environmentalism has a planetary epistemology that occludes the significance of the international. How to break this impasse? While neither Geopolitics nor ‘new materialism’ capture the complex conjuncture of socio-natural and inter-societal dynamics, I argue that Justin Rosenberg’s theorization of the international as ‘the consequences of societal multiplicity’ provides a theoretical opening. If a materialist notion of societal is adopted, ‘societal multiplicity’ allows human-natural and international dynamics to be grasped together. Thus, climate change is not a problem arising exogenously to the international, but something emerging through international dynamics, reciprocally affecting the units, structure and processes of the international system itself.


OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer3
TidsskriftGlobalizations
Vol/bind17
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)419-435
ISSN1474-7731
StatusUdgivet - 2020

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