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Engaging the EverydayEnvironmental Social Criticism and the Resonance Dilemma$
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John M. Meyer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028905

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028905.001.0001

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The Resonance Dilemma and Environmental Social Criticism

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Engaging the Everyday

John M. Meyer

The MIT Press

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.

Keywords:   material practice, resonance, pragmatism, denialism, social criticism, environmental political theory, John Dewey

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