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The Conservation Revolution by Bram Buscher and Robert Fletcher
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Feb 11, 2020 | ISBN 9781788737715

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“This book is a remarkable intellectual and political achievement, demonstrating nothing less than how to organize and practice revolutionary conservation beyond the Anthropocene, but within the ruins of uneven socio-ecological capitalist development. A razor-sharp analysis of conservation and how to politicize its futures.”
—Erik Swyngedouw, University of Manchester

“In our era of unprecedented conservation needs and challenges, this hard-hitting, clear-sighted book offers a radical and timely way forward. Two eminent and committed political ecologists cut a path through old and new conservation debates and dichotomies—people vs. nature, capitalism vs. post-capitalism—to offer a new paradigm and politics around conviviality. Vital reading, and a vital manifesto for all concerned with how people and non-human natures can live well together.”
—Professor Melissa Leach, Director, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

“Buscher and Fletcher significantly advance radical alternatives to mainstream conservation, especially by locating them within the need for systemic alternatives to capitalism (and hopefully by implication, though not explicitly stated, patriarchy). Their notion of convivial conservation, building on innovative traditions that have broken away from dominant notions of progress and develop-ment, helps envisage an end to the human domination of the earth, so desperately needed.”
—Ashish Kothari, co-author with A. Shrivastava of Churning the Earth: The Making of Global India

“This book is an remarkable intellectual and political achievement, demonstrating nothing less than how to organize and practice revolutionary conservation beyond the Anthropocene, but within the ruins of uneven socio-ecological capitalist development. A razor-sharp analysis of conservation and how to politicize its futures.”
—Erik Swyngedouw

“The debate over the conservation of creation is necessarily deep and contentious—this new approach deserves a careful reading from everyone who cares about human and more-than-human nature!”
—Bill McKibben

“A thoughtful, gentle and comprehensive overview…will become a mandatory read in political ecology, environmental history and conservation courses everywhere.” 
Journal of Political Ecology

“Both a theoretical and practical guide for anyone looking to reevaluate their relationship with capitalism—and the future of life on earth … As the world experiences the catastrophic effects of political and economic systems that prioritize profits over people, The Conservation Revolution provides an essential foundation for reconsidering the status quo and prompts us to move toward a more equitable, sustainable future.”
—Amelia Rina, BOMB

“Both rigorous and accessible … an important addition to revolutionary thought in political ecology.”
—Jordan Teicher, Uneven Earth

The Conservation Revolution was, for me, a refreshing read in bleak times. It struck the right balance between realism and hopeful optimism by putting forward ideas for conserving nature that do not simply imagine ways of being outside of capitalism, but that recognize the need to remedy capitalist conservation’s cumulative negative effects.”
—Y. Ariadne Collins, Antipode

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