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Jason W. Moore is a historical geographer and world historian at Binghamton University, where he is an associate professor of sociology and research fellow at the Fernand Braudel Center. He is author of  Capitalism in the Web of Life (Verso, 2015), Transformations of the Earth: Nature in the Making and Unmaking of the Modern World (in Chinese, Commercial, 2015); and Ecologia-mondo e crisi del capitalismo: La fine della natura a buon mercato (Ombre Corte, 2015). He writes frequently on the history of capitalism, environmental history, and social theory. Moore is currently completing Ecology and the Rise of Capitalism, an environmental history of the rise of capitalism, and with Raj Patel, Seven Cheap Things: A World-Ecological Manifesto – both with the University of California Press. He is coordinator of the World-Ecology Research Network. Many of his essays can be found on his website:

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Capitalism’s Ecologies: Culture, Power, and Crisis in the 21st Century
Editors: Jason W. Moore and Diana C. Gildea
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-62963-446-3
Published: 04/2019
Format: Paperback
Size: 9x6
Page count: 256
Subjects: Ecologies Technics & Civilization / Environmental Studies / Politics

Ours is an era of planetary crisis. As scholars, activists, and citizens seek to make sense of our uncertain times, the limits of conventional environmental thinking have become clear. Rather than see “Society” and “Nature” as separate, Capitalism’s Ecologies illuminates how environmental and social change are intimately entwined. Contributors engage capitalism not as a social system independent of nature, but as a world-ecology of power, culture, and capital that flows through the web of life. In this rethinking, capitalism makes nature—and nature makes capitalism. Across successive essays, emergent and established scholars explore themes of colonialism, culture, race, gender, agriculture, literature, and waste to reveal capitalism’s varied organizations of humans and the rest of nature. Capitalism’s Ecologies asks readers to consider new ways of thinking about social and environmental crises, how they fit together, and what we might do about them.


Capitalism's Ecologies offers vital reading for those seeking to understand the deep historical origins and dynamic complexities of the contemporary era. Beware: once you’ve opened your mind to a world-ecological perspective, you can never turn back!”
—Marcus Taylor, Queen's University, author of The Political Ecology of Climate Change Adaptation

Capitalism's Ecologies dismantles the discrete categories ‘nature’ and ‘society’ to explore the messy, complex totality of human civilization as environment-making process. Here the past and present of our place within the web of life will be interrogated for answers that might help chart a survivable future.”
—Christian Parenti, New York University, author of Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence

“Hooray for the timely arrival of Capitalism's Ecologies, a new journal devoted to relational analysis of our inextricably eco-social world! Capitalism’s Ecologies explores and expands the world-ecology conversation, analyzing the co-constitution of capitalism, ecology, imperialism, waste, science, agriculture, and literature.”
—Rebecca Lave, Indiana University, author of Fields and Streams: Stream Restoration, Neoliberalism, and the Future of Environmental Science

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Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism
Editor: Jason W. Moore
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-62963-148-6
Published: 06/01/2016
Format: Paperback
Size: 9x6
Page count: 240
Subjects: Political Theory/Nature-Environment

The Earth has reached a tipping point. Runaway climate change, the sixth great extinction of planetary life, the acidification of the oceans—all point toward an era of unprecedented turbulence in humanity’s relationship within the web of life. But just what is that relationship, and how do we make sense of this extraordinary transition?

Anthropocene or Capitalocene? offers answers to these questions from a dynamic group of leading critical scholars. They challenge the theory and history offered by the most significant environmental concept of our times: the Anthropocene. But are we living in the Anthropocene, literally the “Age of Man”? Is a different response more compelling, and better suited to the strange—and often terrifying—times in which we live? The contributors to this book diagnose the problems of Anthropocene thinking and propose an alternative: the global crises of the twenty-first century are rooted in the Capitalocene, the Age of Capital.

Anthropocene or Capitalocene? offers a series of provocative essays on nature and power, humanity, and capitalism. Including both well-established voices and younger scholars, the book challenges the conventional practice of dividing historical change and contemporary reality into “Nature” and “Society,” demonstrating the possibilities offered by a more nuanced and connective view of human environment-making, joined at every step with and within the biosphere. In distinct registers, the authors frame their discussions within a politics of hope that signal the possibilities for transcending capitalism, broadly understood as a “world-ecology” that joins nature, capital, and power as a historically evolving whole.

Contributors include Jason W. Moore, Eileen Crist, Donna J. Haraway,  Justin McBrien, Elmar Altvater, Daniel Hartley, and Christian Parenti.


“We had best start thinking in revolutionary terms about the forces turning the world upside down if we are to put brakes on the madness. A good place to begin is this book, whose remarkable authors bring together history and theory, politics and ecology, economy and culture, to force a deep look at the origins of global transformation.”
—Richard Walker, professor emeritus of geography, UC Berkeley, and author of The Capitalist Imperative, The New Social Economy, The Conquest of Bread, and The Country in the City

“We live in the Capitalocene, the contributors to this volume argue, and the urgent, frightening and hopeful consequences of this reality-check become apparent in chapters that force the reader to think. In a time when there is generally no time or space to think . . . we need a book like this more than ever.”
—Bram Büscher, professor of sociology, Wageningen University, and author of Transforming the Frontier: Peace Parks and the Politics of Neoliberal Conservation in Southern Africa

“In this pioneering volume, leading critics call for a different conceptual framework, which places global change in a new, ecologically-oriented, history of capitalism—the Capitalocene. No scholar or activist interested in the debate about the Anthropocene will want to miss this volume.”
—Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, associate professor of history, University of Chicago, and author of Enlightenment’s Frontier: The Scottish Highlands and the Origins of Environmentalism

“Jason W. Moore’s scope is vast, and few could pull off so ambitious an analytical achievement. . . . There’s enough scholarship, wit and insight . . . for a lifetime.”
—Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing

“Jason W. Moore’s radical and rigorous work is, and richly deserves to be, agenda-setting.”
—China Miéville, author of The City & the City

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anthropoceneAnthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History and the Crisis of Capitalism: A Review
Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
by Steve Knight
August 30th, 2016

"The essays in Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Provide an invaluable contribution to the debate over what we should call this strange new epoch, wrought by centuries of capitalist depredations upon our biosphere. As these ecosocialists so ably tell us, from their individual perspectives, that humanity’s best hope to save the planet (and its species, including our own) relies on finding ways to replace an unsustainable Capitalocene with socialist relations of production and consumption..."

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