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Title: Hijacking the Narrative: The First World Forum on Natural Capital, #natcap13, and Radical Dissent
Authors: Matulis, Brett S.
Moyer, Jessica R.
First Published: 5-Jul-2017
Publisher: Wiley, Editorial Board of Antipode
Citation: Antipode, 2017, 50 (2)
Abstract: The first World Forum on Natural Capital (WFNC) was an important moment in the production of “valued” nature. It brought together bankers, CEOs, and business elites to promote financialized environmental accounting as a solution to ecosystem degradation. Anti-capitalist activists, however, opposed the further intrusion of economic logic to environmental decision-making and resisted its progression. While WFNC organizers were able to advance the concept of “natural capital” through traditional (print and web 1.0) media, they struggled to control the social media narrative. Digital activists were able to challenge the official narrative on Twitter and compel organizers to address the associated social and environmental justice concerns. As such, social media produced the conditions for both abstracting nature into value-bearing commodities and, simultaneously, resisting such abstraction. Drawing on theories of counterpublic organization, public spheres of deliberation, and agonistic confrontation, this paper explores the discursive co-production of nature in a new digitally mediated world.
DOI Link: 10.1111/anti.12352
ISSN: 0066-4812
eISSN: 1467-8330
Embargo on file until: 5-Jul-2019
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017, Wiley, Editorial Board of Antipode. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Description: The file associated with this record is under embargo until 24 months after publication, in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The full text may be available through the publisher links provided above.
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