Social Text contributors have approached the environmental crises of the last several decades by exploring the constitution of a second nature. If, that is, the environment furnishes particular societies with a specific set of obstacles and possibilities, this original natural realm is reshaped and transformed through human agency. A hallmark of Social Text's theorization of the environment could be said to be critical inquiry into the modes through which biopower has shaped both society and the natural environment over the last several decades. Social Text contributors, for example, anatomized the impact of hegemonic projects of environmental transformation such as the Green Revolution. In addition, they reminded us that the polarized debates about climate change that unfolded during the 1990s were but the latest installment in the agonistic social construction of the climate in the modern world.

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