Financialization and the Environmental Frontier

Authored by: Sarah Bracking

The Routledge International Handbook of Financialization

Print publication date:  February  2020
Online publication date:  February  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138308213
eBook ISBN: 9781315142876
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315142876-18

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Abstract

The most common understanding of financialization, covered in the introduction of this book, is where finance becomes increasingly dominant in the economy in relation to production, generating more value over time. However, this observation at macro scale does not address how greater interest-bearing value is generated; how financialized commodities at the ecological frontier, and the markets in which they circulate, are made; and how far these circumstances generate patterns of engagement and resistances between people, “more-than-human” (Sullivan 2018) species and nature. This brief chapter will apply theories of financialization to see how far the traditional externalities of capitalism, other species and the living plants and ecosystems of “Nature” have been affected by financial rationality. Other living things are referred to here as “more-than-human” to reflect a necessary de-centering of the human in ecological analysis.

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