Changing our Environment, Changing Ourselves

Nature, Labour, Knowledge and Alienation

  • James S. Ormrod

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Work of Peter Dickens

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
  3. Philosophical and Theoretical Debates

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Kate Soper
      Pages 81-99
  4. Emerging Issues

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 289-315

About this book


In this book, a celebration of the work of the sociologist Peter Dickens serves as the catalyst for exploring the relationship between human ‘internal nature’ (our health and psychological well-being) and ‘external nature’ (the environment on which we depend and which we collectively transform). Across contributions from Ted Benton, James Ormrod, Kate Soper, John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark, Graham Sharp, James Addicott, Kathryn Dean and Peter Dickens himself, the book draws attention to alienation associated with the promotion of different knowledges in late capitalist production. But it also highlights the possibilities for generating less alienated relations with our environment in the future. As well as discussing the philosophical and theoretical issues involved, the book contains contemporary case studies of ultra-processed food, satellite farming, computerised thinking and dark tourism.

James S. Ormrod is a Principal Lecturer in Sociology, University of Brighton, UK. His research interests are in social movements and the relationships human beings have with their environment and the universe in general. He is the author of Fantasy and Social Movements (2014) and, with Peter Dickens, Cosmic Society (2007).


Environmental Sociology Ecosocialism Labour Alienation Environment

Editors and affiliations

  • James S. Ormrod
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Applied Social ScienceUniversity of Brighton School of Applied Social ScienceBrightonUnited Kingdom

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