Sustainability, feminist posthumanism and the unusual capacities of (post)humans

Fox, N.J. and Alldred, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-5077-7286, 2020. Sustainability, feminist posthumanism and the unusual capacities of (post)humans. Environmental Sociology, 6 (2), pp. 121-131. ISSN 2325-1042

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Despite the current environmental crises of anthropogenic climate change and environmental degradation afflicting the world, dualisms of culture/nature, human/non-human and animate/inanimate sustain a perspective on ‘the environment’ in which the human and the cultural are privileged over the natural world and other species. Policies on ‘sustainable development’ are likewise predicated upon efforts to assure future human prosperity. Our objective in this paper is to establish an alternative, post-anthropocentric perspective on environmental sustainability. Drawing on feminist materialist scholarship supplies an ontology to critique humanist approaches, and establishes the foundation for a posthuman sociology of environment, in which (post)humans are an integral but not privileged element. We consider the implications of this perspective for both sustainability policy and ‘climate justice’. A posthuman ontology leads to the conclusion – perhaps surprisingly, given the anthropogenic roots of current climate change – that some unusual human capacities are now essential to assure environmental potential.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Environmental Sociology
Creators: Fox, N.J. and Alldred, P.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2 April 2020
Volume: 6
Number: 2
ISSN: 2325-1042
Rights: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 20 Mar 2020 15:31
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2020 15:31

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