Cheapness and Power: A Brief History of the Capitalocene
中国人民大学生态史研究中心“自然与文化”系列讲座第三十讲将于2019年5月21日下午14:00-16:00在中国人民大学人文楼三楼会议室举行，题为“廉价与权力：资本世简史”，主讲人为美国宾汉姆顿大学社会学系教授Jason W. Moore。欢迎参与。
Jason W. Moore
Professor of Sociology
(Department of Sociology, Binghamton University)
(World-Ecology Research Network)
Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017.
Jason W. Moore, ed., Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism, Oakland: PM Press, 2016.
Jason W. Moore, Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital, London: Verso, 2015.
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In this lecture, Prof. Moore explores the history of capitalism as pivotal to the politics of climate crisis in the 21st century. Arguing that the past five centuries is better understood as the “Age of Capital” (Capitalocene) rather than the “Age of Man” (Anthropocene), Moore shows how capitalism’s drive towards endless economic growth is premised on a revolutionary strategy of Cheap Nature – including the cheapening of human work and life. From this perspective, we can see the rise of capitalism as a world-ecology of power, profit, and life-making beginning with Christopher Columbus. Subjecting landscapes, animals, and humans to a radical project of Cheapening, European merchants, planters, financiers, philosophers, and empires invented a new way of organizing the world: “Humanity” versus “Nature.” This invention – at once cultural, economic, and physical – was central to capitalism’s epoch-making accomplishment: the transformation of the web of life into profit-making machines. Reconstructing this world environmental history, Moore shows how the present crisis is not only a moment of profound climate change, but also a historical moment in which climate patriarchy, climate apartheid, and the climate class divide can be actively challenged – and transcended.