Building on the classical works that have propelled and shaped ecosocialist thinking and action and more recent political developments on the ground, the volume will provide a reference point for international work in the field, both directly political and academic.

The Handbook acquaints readers with the varied roots of and sometimes conflicting approaches to ecosocialism. It does not attempt any unification of ecosocialist currents. Rather, it aims to provide a resource that is as comprehensive as possible with respect not only to theorization and ideological framing, but also and especially to existing projects, practices, and movements and giving a sense of the geographical reach that ecosocialism so far represents. This includes scholarship that extends Marxist foundations and reflects on more recent political developments. The theoretical and practice-oriented moorings are buttressed by discussions on movements, frameworks, and prefigurative processes as well as on social struggles occurring within institutional settings. Together, the collection offers a reference point for international work in the field, in social movements, and in institutional transformations.

Providing detailed but accessible overviews of the complex, varied dimensions of ecosocialism, the Handbook is an essential up-to-date guide and reference not only for researchers, but also for undergraduate and graduate students in geography, environmental studies, development studies, sociology, and political science, as well as for policymakers and activists.

chapter |11 pages


An introduction to ecosocialism

part I|86 pages

Historical and theoretical groundings

chapter 1|17 pages

Capitalism, Nature, Socialism

A theoretical introduction1

chapter 3|10 pages

Ethnicized, Gendered Class Analysis

A theoretical-methodological framework for analyzing ecofeminist, ecosocialist praxis

chapter 4|8 pages

Ecofeminist Ecosocialism

chapter 7|8 pages

Romanticism and the Critique of Progress

Crucial axes in the work of Michael Löwy

part II|53 pages

Extending Marxist roots

chapter 10|8 pages

The Ecology of Misogyny

chapter 11|9 pages

From Marx to Ecosocialism1

chapter 12|9 pages

Dialectical Ecology

The origins of dialectical ecology

part III|97 pages

Movements, prefiguration, and frameworks

chapter 19|13 pages

“You Can Blow Your Brains Out and You Ain't Getting Nowhere”

Jazz, collectivism, and the struggle for ecological commons in Louisiana's sugar parishes

chapter 23|8 pages

Extinction Rebellion

Crisis, inaction, and the question of civil disobedience as ecosocialist strategy

part IV|106 pages

Power struggles on institutional terrains

chapter 24|9 pages

Conceptualizing Democratic Ecosocialism

A personal journey

chapter 26|9 pages

Ecosocialist Economics

chapter 27|10 pages

Solar Communism

chapter 28|11 pages

Technology and Ecosocialism

chapter 31|8 pages

Bioenergy and Ecosocialism