Forces of Production, Climate Change and Canadian Fossil Capitalism


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In Forces of Production, Climate Change and Canadian Fossil Capitalism, Nicolas Graham reinterprets the concept of forces of production from an ecological standpoint and in the context of the deepening climate crisis. He argues that ecological knowledge itself, as well as associated developments in renewable energy technology and green infrastructure, represent advancements in productive forces. However, such “green productive forces” are fettered by capitalist relations of production, including the power of carbon capital.
In addition to a conceptual and theoretical reinterpretation, case studies focusing on Canadian fossil capitalism provide a concrete-complex analysis of the deepening of fossil-fuelled productive forces and the process of fettering in both renewable energies and in the development and application of ecological knowledge.

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Nicolas Graham, Ph.D. (2019), University of Victoria, is a sessional instructor at that university. His previous work has appeared in journals such as Capitalism Nature Socialism, Studies in Political Economy and Canadian Review of Sociology.
"Forces of Production, Climate Change and Canadian Fossil Capitalism contributes to an understanding of capitalism’s assault on the natural world. It uncovers much about the climate vandalism of a powerful section of the capitalist class in Canada. ... [The book] isn’t intended as a guide to climate activism. It is a thorough and painstaking effort to show the misalignment between humanity’s productive capacities and the economic and social system under which we live. It sets out a detailed case for bringing the forces of production under the control of a rational and just socialist society."
Review by John Clarke, published September 10, 2023 in The Bullet
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Part 1 : The Collapse According to Granma

1 Written Sources on the Collapse

2 Granma and the Written News as a Method

3 Analyzing the News Accounts

4 Reflections on the Written News

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5 Contextualizing the Testimonies

6 Oral Source Methodologies

7 Analysis of the Interviews

8 Insights from the Oral Testimonies
Conclusion: Viewing the Collapse through the PCC Lens
Appendix 1: Information for the Interviewees
Appendix 2: Interview Guide
Appendix 3 : Core Sources
Appendix 4: Example Table for Data Visualization
Academic libraries and students interested in Marxism and ecology and anyone concerned with climate change and social transformation, as well as Canadian fossil fuel development and post carbon transition.
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