Social Justice, Social-ecological transformation

[Chapter III] The Imperial Mode of Living: Everyday Life and The Ecological Crisis of Capitalism

The concept of the “imperial mode of living” points toward the norms of production, distribution and consumption built into the political, economic and cultural structures of everyday life for the populations of the Global North.[i] And it works, increasingly, in the countries with “emerging economies” of the Global South, as well. However, we mean not only material practices but also, and especially, the structural conditions and guiding social principles and discourse that make these practices possible. To put it pointedly: The standards of a “good” and “proper” life, which often is the imperial mode of living, are shaped by everyday life, even when they are a part of comprehensive societal relations, and especially of material and social infrastructures.


[i] John M. Hobson, and Leonard Seabroke. “Everyday international political economy”, in: Mark Blyth, Routledge Handbook of International Political Economy (IPE). IPE as a a global conversation, London and New York: Routledge, 2009, pp. 290-306.


Publisher: Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

Author: Ulrich Brand, Markus Wissen

Date: 2020-06-20

Pages: 40

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