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The unfair distribution of the benefits and the prices of industrialization is nothing new, in fact it started with its very beginning, when factories were erected in the vicinity of the cheap quarters of town (and the other way round), and many of the European cities developed the shape and socio-economic structure they kept until the late 20th century, when the effects of their de-industrialization started to transform them again. But, as Razmig Keucheyan explains, with climate change and the environmental politics and new technologies related to it, the old pattern is being repeated again. In dialogue with an urbanist whose research work focusses on socio-economic aspects of Brazilian cities, he discusses why and how the universalistic talk about climate change and the anthropocene tends to render invisible the differences and inequalities that are continued, brought forward or amplified by it. Class struggles, race struggles and gender struggles – or what Keucheyan proposes to call environmental inequalities and environmental racism – not only manifest themselves between the rich and the poor areas of the world, but within the cities of the rich, northern hemisphere.

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  • Razmig Keucheyan

date

21/11/2015

location

Musée de l’Homme, Paris

is a sociologist, political activist and a lecturer at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He works on the links between ecological crisis, inequalities, and political conflicts. He regularly publishes radical think-pieces in French and English newspapers such as Liberation or The Guardian.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a sociologist, political activist and a lecturer at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He works on the links between ecological crisis, inequalities, and political conflicts. He regularly publishes radical think-pieces in French and English newspapers such as Liberation or The Guardian.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

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