'Making room for the tigers and the polar bears': biography, phantasy and ideology in the voluntary human extinction movement

ORMROD, JAMES (2011) 'Making room for the tigers and the polar bears': biography, phantasy and ideology in the voluntary human extinction movement Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society, 16 (2). pp. 142-161. ISSN 1088-0763

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Abstract

This paper examines the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, a group whose members make a commitment to halting their own reproduction as part of an effort to reduce the human population. Some of the group’s members support the continuation of this reduction until the species has become extinct. Drawing on some of the principles of ‘deep ecology’ to justify this, activists argue for the value in repairing damage done to non-human nature, while they also point to the benefits to humans of a declining population. However, in focusing on a single case study, this paper foregrounds the biographical factors that motivate association with the movement. Psychoanalytic theory is applied to explain the fantasy of a future world without humans. The article concludes with a discussion of some of the ways in which such analysis can be integrated into social movement theory.

Item Type:Journal article
Additional Information:© Macmillan Publishers, 2011
Uncontrolled Keywords:phantasy; fantasy; good object; reparation; social movement; Voluntary Human Extinction Movement
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1057/pcs.2009.30
Faculties:Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
ID Code:8921
Deposited By:Converis
Deposited On:12 Jul 2011 15:15
Last Modified:10 Oct 2013 12:17

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