Growth Critique and Ecological Democratization
Having outlined the conceptualization of ecological critique the paper will also propose corresponding conceptual means of overcoming the destructive consequences of growth. What I, therefore, call ecological democratization basically draws on the political ecology of Latour (‘Politics of Nature’) but will be broader grounded in theory, i.e. in pragmatism (cf. Dewey, Latour, Boltanski, Sennett) and procedural democracy (Habermas, Latour). With respect to the specified ecological criticism a related concept also needs to focus especially on the democratization of technology and consumption. As a result ‘ecological democratization’ should provide a helpful framework of critical analyses in the field of environmental sociology. Moreover, it can provide procedural advice to account for ecological problems fairly by showing who and what should be included in what way in dealing with problems.