Environmentality in the Household

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Environmentality in the Household

  1. 1. Lazri DiSalvo NESPA Annual Meeting April 29, 2011 Hartford, CT Presentation slides available at: www.ponderaproject.com
  2. 2. <ul><li>What is the effect of global environmental governance at the household level? </li></ul><ul><li>How is individual behavior produced through pressures to increase household efficiency? </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>People are throwing 'green' in front of everything today to sell their programs </li></ul><ul><li>~local “green” contractor </li></ul><ul><li>Global governmentality is reproduced as global environmentality through knowledge production and discipline , as they relate to the global environmental movement. Namely scientific ecoknowledge and social conserveillance . (Timothy Luke, 1995) </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The household becomes a critical, if not the primary, site of world politics as the space where social individuals are produced through global structures of power recreated within the home. </li></ul><ul><li>The data for this study were created through a three-month ethnographic study of a run-down, 100 year old, three-family rental property and the various organizations and individuals involved with the design of the home as sustainable, rehabbed, low-income housing... </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>...owned by my partner and me. </li></ul><ul><li>Self as site of political inquiry. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The disciplined, scientific study of the natural realm, constructs a knowable environment through the production of eco-knowledge </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>ecopower : the internalization of the rational management of natural resources to produce subject vis a vis the knowable environment </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>conserveillance: the internal and external monitoring of environmental resource usage, to guide agent behaviors </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Legitimizing marginalized knowledges </li></ul><ul><li>Translating experiences </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>the household is an important site of world politics where global power structures are (re)produced and (re)created </li></ul><ul><li>global environmental governance, transformed through global neoliberal hegemony as environmentality, infuses all aspects of daily social life </li></ul><ul><li>household studies informed by neoliberal or neorealist perspectives will likely discover quite different mechanisms </li></ul>

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