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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 164
Title: The Critical Geography of American Democracy: Tectonics of the Economic, Social, and Political
Lead Author: Zaman, L. Frederick
Abstract: One really grand challenge question, raised at least implicitly in recent decades for the social, behavioral, and economic sciences by critical human geographers, is whether establishing a theoretical foundation for society-nature relations can and should become a central disciplinary preoccupation. Figures 1 and 2, introducing this white paper on the Schellingian transcendental geology of American democracys Social Nature, covering from Colonial days to the present and predictively into the future as well, graphically illustrates this possibility. In this radical socialization of nature, physical archetypes of American democracys critical-geographic tectonics, recapitulated in a one-world Schellingian naturephilosophy as subjective (1) momenta, (2) impressed forces, and (3) inertias, are inherently large-scale, collective circumvallations (defensive embankments, fortifications, bulwarks); whose critical-geographic tectonicsof socionatural structures and forces thus physically recapitulatedtheoretically unifies society and nature. Taking American society as exemplar: (1) is the elite upper tier, (2) is the populist lower tier, and (3) is the bourgeois middle tier. These socionatural structures and forces sociologically ground the critical geography of American democracy, via their critical-geographic tectonics over the long term from Colonial days to the present. Considered within the framework of capitalisms naturephilosophy qua transcendental geology, American democracys critical geography exemplifies Schellings nature as subject.
PDF: Zaman_LFrederick_164.pdf

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