Value as ethics : climate change, crisis, and the struggle for the future
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Drawing on ethnographic research in Houston, Texas, I contribute novel ethnographic insights into how oil and gas experts understand notions of value. I show that prevailing notions of value are normatively defined in economic terms and closely tied to understandings of an American ‘way of life’. Questions of value, I suggest, reveal our idiosyncratic and shared ethical orientations toward what we think is important and the futures we are fighting to create. The climate crisis, as such, is not a crisis of emissions or hydrocarbons, but a crisis of the ways value is assigned to worldly things. I conclude by arguing that until we address questions of value we are unlikely to address the existential crisis of anthropogenic climate change.
Field , S 2023 , ' Value as ethics : climate change, crisis, and the struggle for the future ' , Economic Anthropology , vol. 10 , no. 2 , pp. 177-185 . https://doi.org/10.1002/sea2.12286
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DescriptionFunding: H2020 European Research Council - 715146.
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