Hijacking Sustainability: Capitalism, Militarism, and the Struggle for Collective Life (review)

Hijacking Sustainability: Capitalism, Militarism, and the Struggle for Collective Life (review) terms and instead offers illuminating practical insights into the current debates surrounding sustainability. The book takes a broad view of sustainability: this term is defined to include not just traditional green practices but also the ideologies necessary to create real, lasting, sustainable change. In other words, truly sustainable practices will be born from both mental and material change. Ultimately, the book asks how to "meet the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations" (1). To answer this question, Parr takes two approaches. First, she addresses the "The Popularization of Sustainability Culture," providing detailed case studies of multi-national corporations to demonstrate the tangled nature of power structures underlying the rising trendiness of green culture. Within this first half of the book, the most thought-provoking discussion is Parr's eerily prescient analysis of BP's track record of failed environmental stewardship in chapter 2. Although the book was published a year before the Deepwater Horizon disaster, her thoughtfully researched case study makes the oil spill appear maddeningly easy to predict. The second half of the book addresses "Challenges to Sustainability Culture," which ultimately translates into a provocative discussion of poverty 388 Book Notes since, as Parr argues, the poor http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke University of Nebraska Press

Hijacking Sustainability: Capitalism, Militarism, and the Struggle for Collective Life (review)

symploke, Volume 18 (1) – May 18, 2011

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terms and instead offers illuminating practical insights into the current debates surrounding sustainability. The book takes a broad view of sustainability: this term is defined to include not just traditional green practices but also the ideologies necessary to create real, lasting, sustainable change. In other words, truly sustainable practices will be born from both mental and material change. Ultimately, the book asks how to "meet the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations" (1). To answer this question, Parr takes two approaches. First, she addresses the "The Popularization of Sustainability Culture," providing detailed case studies of multi-national corporations to demonstrate the tangled nature of power structures underlying the rising trendiness of green culture. Within this first half of the book, the most thought-provoking discussion is Parr's eerily prescient analysis of BP's track record of failed environmental stewardship in chapter 2. Although the book was published a year before the Deepwater Horizon disaster, her thoughtfully researched case study makes the oil spill appear maddeningly easy to predict. The second half of the book addresses "Challenges to Sustainability Culture," which ultimately translates into a provocative discussion of poverty 388 Book Notes since, as Parr argues, the poor

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