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Literary Activism, Social Justice, and the Future of Bioregionalism

Joshua A. Dolezal
Ethics and the Environment
Vol. 13, No. 1 (Spring, 2008), pp. 1-22
Published by: Indiana University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40339146
Page Count: 22
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Literary Activism, Social Justice, and the Future of Bioregionalism
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Abstract

Whereas the political battle between literary activists and industry over the tenets of bioregionalism in the American West has ignored the question of social justice, effectively silencing a sizeable population— the working poor— by creating an economic situation in which labor must choose between two oppressors, mutual aid as championed by Petr Kropotkin offers more potential for reform than the model of political competition has yielded thus far. If literary activists were to extend Jared Diamond's call to social action in Collapse by becoming advocates of laborers injured by industrial catastrophes, and if eco-activists were to imagine economic alternatives to the policies they oppose, then bioregionalism could hope to gain more ground as a grassroots movement.

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