Climate Change, Capitalism, and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction, 1st Edition

  • Christopher Wright
  • Daniel Nyberg
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  • ISBN-10: 1316409767
  • ISBN-13: 9781316409763
  • DDC: 363.738
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 270 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released January 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing humanity, a definitive manifestation of the well-worn links between progress and devastation. This book explores the complex relationship that the corporate world has with climate change and examines the central role of corporations in shaping political and social responses to the climate crisis. The principal message is that despite the need for dramatic economic and political change, corporate capitalism continues to rely on the maintenance of 'business as usual'. The authors explore the different processes through which corporations engage with climate change. Key discussion points include climate change as business risk, corporate climate politics, the role of justification and compromise, and managerial identity and emotional reactions to climate change. This book moves beyond descriptive and normative approaches to provide a sociologically and critically informed theory of corporate responses to climate change.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Climate Change, Capitalism, and Corporations.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Climate Change and Corporate Capitalism.
2: Creative Self-Destruction and the Incorporation of Critique.
3: Climate Change and the Corporate Construction of Risk.
4: Corporate Political Activity and Climate Coalitions.
5: Justification, Compromise, and Corruption.
6: Climate Change, Managerial Identity, and Narrating the Self.
7: Emotions, Corporate Environmentalism, and Climate Change.
8: Political Myths and Pathways Forward.
9: Imagining Alternatives.