Chapter 20 Social structure of accumulation and sustainability: bringing socialecological relations in
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Social-ecological analysis remains relatively neglected by social structure of accumulation (SSA) theorists. Taking due note of the rise of social ecology due to the worsening earth system crisis, this chapter aims to address this weakness in the theoretical framework. It will also preliminarily apply an ecologically informed perspective to the historical SSA analysis of US capitalist development. We will suggest that social-ecological relations deserve to be placed on a par with capital labour relations as contributing to the core institutions of historical SSAs. This ecological SSA analysis of US capitalist history suggests that a new SSA consolidated around the Green New Deal is one contending resolution of the current ongoing crisis period, but that this resolution may rapidly succumb to its own intense social ecological contradictions. A more radical resolution will be necessary. Some ideas for future SSA research will be proposed.

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