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Ecological Imperialism: A 21st Century Circuits Approach

Haider Khan ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: I define ecological imperialism under global capitalism rigorously by following a circuit of capital approach grounded in a dialectical scientific realist epistemology and ontology. I show that a theory of imperialism and ecological imperialism can be constructed by extending the classical circuits of capital to conceptualize a set of international circuits of capital. The dynamic theory thus constructed can analyze a diverse set of social, economic and political phenomena such as the global race for resources, new social and political movements and regional and global instabilities and conflicts. The extension of this theory of ecological imperialism to encompass world systems theory gives the ontological grounds for privileging concrete studies of situations in core-periphery-semi-periphery of the world system in a coherent and consistent manner.

Keywords: ecological imperialism; world systems theory; circuits of capital; international circuits of capital; monopoly capital; categorial dialectics; resistance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B5 G0 Q57 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2023-03-01
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