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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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Engaging the Everyday
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John M. Meyer

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028905.003.0008

Familiar tropes within environmental argument alternate between the pessimism of narratives focused on catastrophism and the optimism of so-called “eco-modernism.” The former relies upon crisis to prompt positive change, while the latter exhibits an often-ungrounded faith in autonomous technology to resolve ecological challenges. By contrast, the central argument of this book is described as both more democratic and more hopeful than either of these more familiar alternatives. In this context, hope is situated between optimism and pessimism, providing an incentive for action unavailable to either of the other approaches.

Keywords:   hope, optimism, pessimism, autonomous technology, eco-modernism, catastrophism

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