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Natural Subjects: Nature and Political Community

Kimberly K. Smith

Environmental Values 15(2006): 343-353. doi: 10.3197/096327106778226329

ABSTRACT

Environmental political theory poses new challenges to our received political concepts and values. Increasingly, we are reconceptualising nature as a subject rather than solely an object of politics. On one front, we are being challenged to think of natural entities as subjects of justice - as bearers of rights or interests that the political system should accommodate. On a second front, we are being challenged to see nature as a subject of power, constructed and ordered through scientific and political practice. These reconceptualisations have significant implications for our political practices and institutions.


KEYWORDS: Nature, power, justice, environmental politics, environmental justice, Green political theory

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