Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 2:30-5:30 PM
From Colonialism to Climate Change: The
Power to Externalize
Cochrane, Social Sciences, York University (email@example.com)
HD (3.1 GB)
The history of capitalism is a history
of externalization. While benefits were tallied, costs were routinely excluded
from accounts. In this presentation I examine the history of externalization as
a power process. A history of brutality and destruction marketed as innovation
and efficiency, externalization has been the shadowy counterpart to
accumulation. From colonialism to climate change, I will describe how negative
effects of economic activity are systematically imposed on vulnerable
communities via the interconnected processes of production and accounting.
Finally, I will consider how externalities have made their way back onto the
books through uprisings, court rulings and environmental disasters.