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Rethinking the financialization of 'nature'

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/05/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Environment and Planning A
Issue number3
Volume50
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)500-511
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date30/01/18
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

This editorial provides an analytical intervention to accompany the theme issue’s empirical papers on “Rethinking the Financialization of Nature.” The papers turn our attention towards three often neglected themes in prior research on finance and nature: (1) the frictional processes through which money leverages nature and resource-based ventures to produce more money (“Getting between M-C-M’”); (2) the role played by moralities, values, and affect in the financialization of nature and resistance levelled against it; and (3) the multiple roles of the state in mediating the circulation of finance in and through nature. We also engage with the politics of information and legitimation accompanying the financialization of nature to tease out levers for political critique. Finally, we map out a forward-looking agenda calling for research to engage more substantially with both the methodological questions accompanying the study of the financialization of nature, and the class dimensions of the process.