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Planetary Improvement: Cleantech Entrepreneurship and the Contradictions of Green Capitalism

Jesse Goldstein


Planetary Improvement explores the rise of an environmental politics no longer predicated upon saving the planet from capitalism, but instead upon saving the planet with capitalism. Through an ethnographic investigation of early stage cleantech entrepreneurship in New York City, the book examines the complicated and contested politics of technological innovation that have led to a widespread investment – psychically as well as financially – in visions of technological salvation meant to “save the planet”. As venture investors impose market discipline upon entrepreneurs and inventors hoping to ... More

Keywords: entrepreneurship, cleantech, innovation, technology, venture capital, capitalism, economic sociology, environmental sociology, green capitalism, green economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780262037822
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037822.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jesse Goldstein, author
Virginia Commonwealth University