The Resonance Dilemma and Environmental Social Criticism
Introduces central themes in the book Engaging the Everyday. The “resonance dilemma” is characterized as the gap between broad public concern for environmental challenges and lack of deep salience for these same concerns. This dilemma is contrasted to “denialism” as a diagnosis for inaction. Argues for “inside” social criticism as an appropriate role for environmental political theory, influence by John Dewey’s philosophical pragmatism. This conception of the relation between theory and practice prompts an engagement with everyday material practices and the political concepts emergent from them.
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