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Cultural materialism, media and the environment

Maxwell, R. and Miller, T. (2013) Cultural materialism, media and the environment. Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism, 11 . pp. 90-106.

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In this article, we examine two interrelated characteristics of the cultural materialism exemplified in Raymond Williams’s work. The first is an analytical focus derived from his critique of ‘militant particularism’. The second is the integration of an ecological perspective into arguments for social transformation. We expand his ‘ecological argument’ via biosphere perspectives, linking local ecological catastrophes to global environmental realities, seeking to honour Williams’s socialist ethico-political commitments to labour and his idea of militant particularism while pressing for a deeper analysis of the eco-crisis. Focusing on problems of environmental and occupational risks in media technology production and disposal, we argue against a narrowly consumerist, or neoliberal, view of cultural materialism, and provide opportunities to illustrate what an eco-materialist study of culture might offer.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Raymond Williams Society
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