Recovering Bookchin Social Ecology and the Crises of Our Time

Andy Price (Author)


Publisher: AK Press
Format: Book
Binding: pb
Pages: 240
Released: April 4, 2023
ISBN-13: 9781849354943

Social ecologist Murray Bookchin dedicated his life to an ecological movement that is feminist, anticapitalist, and people centered. Recovering Bookchin keeps these ideas alive.

Starting in the early 1960s, Murray Bookchin (1921–2006) helped shape a political and ethical response to the emerging ecological crisis. He called his approach "social ecology" and argued that our ecological crisis was also a political one. In the early 1980s, as more voices joined the chorus to defend the earth, there was an increasing movement that punched down, blaming overpopulation and immigration for our troubles. As Bookchin pushed back against this racist and patriarchal reasoning, be became a pariah. As he continued to publish and theorize about an ecological and anticapitalist anarchist socialism, Bookchin faced ongoing backlash into the 1990s. The spirited debates, rooted in ideas, gave way to ad hominem attacks.

In Recovering Bookchin, Andy Price dives into these ugly attacks that obscured Bookchin's ideas and sought to push them out of the public square by devising a crude caricature of him as a hopeless sectarian. In doing so, Price finds a coherent and consistent program as laid out by Bookchin, one that still inspires even as his critics' ideas have faded.

This engaging intellectual biography inspires readers in an age of government and corporate inaction and rising ecofascism. An ecological movement that's feminist, anticapitalist, and people-centered must be rebuilt. By recovering Bookchin, we'll get a head start.

Praise for Recovering Bookchin:

"A trenchant and much-needed reassessment of this singular and all too often misrepresented anarcho-green theorist, and of his contribution to social theory. Price indeed 'recovers' Bookchin; he does so with admirable verve and analytical rigor, cutting through the myriad distortions surrounding him and providing us with a new framework for understanding social ecology today."
—Chris Ealham, author of Anarchism and the City and A Living Anarchism

"This is a work of 'recovery' in the best sense, a lucid, sympathetic yet critical account of Bookchin, demonstrating his continuing relevance in the face of ecological catastrophe. Andy Price's insightful treatment goes beyond the polemics surrounding Bookchin to illustrate the richness and depth of his ecological philosophy, which should do much to revive interest in this bold thinker."
—Jules Townshend, Professor Emeritus, Manchester Metropolitan University

Andy Price is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He has written articles on contemporary radical movements for the academic and popular press.

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