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Il metodo del vivente. L’ecologia politica e la rielaborazione del discorso geografico

Salvo Torre


Political ecology debate reshaped the relationship between the two subjects assumed to be fundamental in human geography, man and nature, and criticised their scientific status. Feminist political ecology and decolonial debate adopted a different perspective on the subjectivities that inhabit human communities. Political ecology recent debate suggest that the role of geographical knowledge in the construction of social hierarchies has to be reconsidered. In this framework, nature as a political project, could be analysed restructuring the methods of geographical research. In the recent re-elaboration of post-Marxist political ecology and world-ecology, for instance the new methods of investigation are related to the study of internal contradictions and social conflicts. The article suggests to consider the fundamental contradiction between capital and living being as a principle of general analysis of the relationship between human communities and biomes and as the core of the construction of a method of geographical analysis.


radical ecology; living being; methodology; cultural geography.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7358/gn-2020-002-torr


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