The American Sociological Association has announced that Jason W. Moore’s book Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital has won the Section on the Political Economy of the World-System Book Award.
The PEWS Book Award is given annually to the leading text on the relationship between local and global social, economic, and political processes, whether of historical or contemporary significance. This marks the second time in three years that a Verso book has won this award, with Vivek Chibber’s acclaimed Postcolonial Theory and the Spectre of Capital winning the title in 2014.
As part of our series looking critically at climate change and the ongoing COP21 talks in Paris, Steffen Böhm, Professor in Management and Sustainability at the University of Essex, argues that the limits of the current negotations result from the current "carbon fetishism", in which even emissions are commodified in an event to maintain the economic status quo.
While many people are still hopeful that the current UN climate talks in Paris will produce a strong, path-defining agreement, experts have already warned that the carbon-cutting commitments submitted by countries in the run-up to Paris fall far short of what is required to prevent global warming beyond the 2 degrees mark. To make matters worse, the US has already unilaterally declared that any Paris deal won’t be legally binding.