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Yes, it is all about fetishism: A response to Daniel Cunha

  • Alf Hornborg
  • Andreas Malm
Publishing year: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 205-207
Publication/Series: The Anthropocene Review
Volume: 3
Issue: 3
Document type: Journal article (comment)

Abstract english

Daniel Cunha misreads us as suggesting that climate change has been a conscious and deliberate strategy of a global elite. This was very clearly not our suggestion. He proposes that the Marxian concept of fetishism is applicable to anthropogenic climate change, apparently unaware of our recurrent use of precisely this concept in a number of publications over the past decades. We thus fundamentally agree with his position, but find his critique of our own interpretation of the Anthropocene unfair and misdirected.


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


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