The marginalisation of localism in current responses to the ecological crisis

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Gussen, Benjamen F.. 2012. "The marginalisation of localism in current responses to the ecological crisis." New Zealand Journal of Environmental Law. 16, pp. 167-201.
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The marginalisation of localism in current responses to the ecological crisis

ERA Journal ID33663
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorGussen, Benjamen F.
Journal TitleNew Zealand Journal of Environmental Law
Journal Citation16, pp. 167-201
Number of Pages35
Year2012
Place of PublicationAuckland, NZ
ISSN1174-1538
Web Address (URL)http://search.informit.org/documentSummary;dn=319185353667842;res=IELHSS
Abstract

This article advocates a Copernican shift that brings localism to the centre of any effective response to the current ecological crisis - and by doing so surrendering all other scales of social organisation(from the national to the global) to subsidiarity. Disembeddedness(or delocalisation) is identified as the root cause to ecological crises. Localism was the leitmotif of the historical (pre Enlightenment) response. Today, however, the response marginalises localism through the fiction of 'indigenous peoples', through the 'universal human rights' paradigm, and above all through the illusion of the 'complexity imperative'. Notwithstanding, there is a growing understanding of the importance of localism, shared by international organisations and the civil society. Unfortunately, this understanding is yet to be adopted by the New Zealand government.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020451124. Ngā ture rawa Māori (Māori resource law)
480299. Environmental and resources law not elsewhere classified
440809. New Zealand government and politics
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Auckland, New Zealand
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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