Crisis, Injustice, and Socio-Ecological Justice

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This article theorizes on crises, injustice, as well as socio-ecological justice by
taking the case study of a drought crisis occurring in shallow wells belonging to
local residents vis-à-vis the deeper wells of hotel establishments in Yogyakarta.
The hotel establishments themselves are facing a crisis of overproduction—
an integral part of “Accumulation by Dispossession” (AbD). However, the
theory of AbD, grounded in the contradiction between labour and capital, is
inadequate in explaining this crisis. As the drought phenomenon comprises
non-labour elements, the theory of overproduction needs to be supplemented
with a theory of crisis of underproduction (aleon). The socio-ecological injustice
resides in the operation of hotel wells that is dictated by exchange-value, while
all household wells are governed by use-value. To achieve socio-ecological
justice, this article suggests positing use-value as an axis in determining
the relationship between humans and non-human elements to build an
interconnected anti-capitalism movement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-102
Number of pages31
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2022


  • accumulation by dispossession
  • aleon
  • overproduction
  • socio-ecology
  • capitalism


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