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Emancipatory catastrophism: What does it mean to climate change and risk society?

Emancipatory catastrophism: What does it mean to climate change and risk society? The metamorphosis of the world is about the hidden emancipatory side effect of global risk. This article argues that the talk about bads produces ‘common goods’. As such, the argument goes beyond what has been at the heart of the world risk society theory so far: it is not about the negative side effects of goods but the positive side effects of bads. They are producing normative horizons of common goods. This is what the author defines as ‘emancipatory catastrophism’. Emancipatory catastrophism can be seen and analysed by using three conceptual lenses: first, the anticipation of global catastrophe violates sacred (unwritten) norms of human existence and civilization; second, thereby it causes an anthropological shock, and, third, a social catharsis. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Current Sociology SAGE

Emancipatory catastrophism: What does it mean to climate change and risk society?

Current Sociology , Volume 63 (1): 14 – Jan 1, 2015

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SAGE
Copyright
© The Author(s) 2014
ISSN
0011-3921
eISSN
1461-7064
DOI
10.1177/0011392114559951
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Abstract

The metamorphosis of the world is about the hidden emancipatory side effect of global risk. This article argues that the talk about bads produces ‘common goods’. As such, the argument goes beyond what has been at the heart of the world risk society theory so far: it is not about the negative side effects of goods but the positive side effects of bads. They are producing normative horizons of common goods. This is what the author defines as ‘emancipatory catastrophism’. Emancipatory catastrophism can be seen and analysed by using three conceptual lenses: first, the anticipation of global catastrophe violates sacred (unwritten) norms of human existence and civilization; second, thereby it causes an anthropological shock, and, third, a social catharsis.

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Current SociologySAGE

Published: Jan 1, 2015

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