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In search of the political

A number of scholar-activists have recounted their experiences of protests that explicitly set out to challenge the post-political framing of climate change. Anneleen Kenis and Erik Mathijs analyse the Climate Justice Action network as 'one of the most prominent movements in recent history that explicitly took issue with the consensual, post-political logic governing much of the debate on climate change'. The new relationship that started to develop between governments and citizen-consumers was not grounded in strong political identifications, but it still required legitimacy, at the very least in order to provide elite self-justification, and it required some level of wider participation. The intellectual assaults on modernist understandings of political agency arise from the same dynamic that has given rise to therapy culture and its invitation to understand ourselves as vulnerable, neurotic subjects engaged in reflexive self-monitoring rather than hubristically attempting to shape the object world through outward-facing engagement and action.