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Imagination and Critique in Environmental Politics




Against environmentalism’s roots in radical re-thinking of society, mainstream environmental politics has become a largely technical, problem-solving matter of realising concrete targets. Environmental politics scholarship seems to have followed suit, with most publications in journals such as Environmental Politics focusing on realist analyses of mainstream politics as opposed to radical and critical thought. This article contends a solely target-driven discourse loses sight of two vital dimensions of environmental politics: radical imagination and ideology critique. Insofar as the late-capitalist mainstream drives both environmental destruction itself and forms of political domination entwined with it – such as depoliticisation and colonisation – critical and imaginative research that challenges this is urgently needed. I argue environmental politics scholarship, and thus the journals that give it its platform, have a responsibility to actively withstand the biases produced by ideology, by promoting critical and radical work and engaging with the movements for democratisation and decolonisation of academic practice.


Hammond. (2021). Imagination and Critique in Environmental Politics. Environmental Politics, 30(1-2),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 19, 2021
Publication Date Feb 2, 2021
Journal Environmental Politics
Print ISSN 0964-4016
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 1-2
Keywords Environmental Politics, critical theory, critique, ideology, imagination, decolonisation
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