pattern of coexistence with his biological and physical environment.
International politics becomes ecopolitics ’ (Haas 1975 : 853; emphasis added). Likewise, and at
about the same time (although in a much more normative vein), Sprout
and Sprout ( 1971 ) insisted that the IR
conversation should be moving ‘toward a politics of the planet
in the context of balanced natural and social eco-systems. These have long been
part of eco-political and anarchist thought. Moreover, Purchase suggests that the
fact that computer-generated particles self-organise when only supplied with a few
programmed instructions as to how to function in a group further legitimates the
anarchist claims for such ‘holistic’ kind of thinking.
The fact that such a holistic approach has been overlooked or under-acknowledged is a moot point, but there are clearly huge implications for any kind of
sociological theorising. How, for