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Rethinking the environment for the anthropocene : political theory and socionatural relations in the new geological epoch

Author: Manuel Arias-Maldonado; Zev M Trachtenberg
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2019.
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This book brings together the most current thinking about the Anthropocene in the field of Environmental Political Theory ('EPT'). It displays the distinctive contribution EPT makes to the task of thinking through what 'the environment' means in this time of pervasive human influence over natural systems. Across its chapters the book helps develop the idea of 'socionatural relations'--an idea that frames the  Read more...
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Rethinking the environment for the anthropocene.
London : Routledge, 2018
(OCoLC)1079201971
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Manuel Arias-Maldonado; Zev M Trachtenberg
ISBN: 9781351400596 1351400592 9780203731895 0203731891 9781351400572 1351400576 9781351400589 1351400584
OCLC Number: 1080273631
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white).
Contents: Cover --
Half Title --
Title Page --
Copyright Page --
Table of Contents --
List of illustrations --
List of contributors --
Introduction --
References --
PART I: Understanding nature in the Anthropocene --
1. The return of nature in the Capitalocene: a critique of the ecomodernist version of the 'good Anthropocene' --
ESS, ecomodernism, and geoengineering: the (hyper)modern narrative of mastery and control --
Ecomodernism (again) and postmodern constructivist narrative: another version of the 'end of nature' in the Capitalocene --
The return of nature: nature as 'non-identity' --
Notes --
References --
2. Emancipation, capture, and rescue? On the ontological turn and its critique --
The ontological turn and its political case --
Ontological politics and the neoliberalization of nature --
A non-necessary relationship --
Vitality as a capture dispositif --
Conclusion --
Notes --
References --
3. Novel ecosystems and the return of nature in the Anthropocene --
Recognition of novel ecosystems --
The significance of novel ecosystems --
Beyond Anthropogenic nature --
Rethinking conservation policy --
Conclusion --
References --
PART II: Environmental political theory and the Anthropocene --
4. Vocations of (environmental) political theory in the Anthropocene --
The "two cultures" in Anthropocene scholarship --
(Environmental) political theory in the Anthropocene --
Conclusion --
Notes --
References --
5. The ecological circumstances of politics --
The "early Anthropocene" --
The ecological circumstances of the circumstances of politics --
Niche construction: directive or constitutive? --
Notes --
References --
6. What cities can teach us about environmental political theory in the Anthropocene --
The relationship between cities and nature --
Cities and the Anthropocene: new framing for enduring political questions --
Notes --
References. PART III: The Anthropocene as a moral question --
7. Anthropocene: the emergence of the figure of "Governator" --
Framing the Anthropocene --
A brief excursus to ancient times --
Back to the Future: the emotive meanings of the Anthropocene --
The emergence of the figure of "Governator" --
Notes --
References --
8. Real Anthropocene politics --
Political realism, strong and weak --
Strawman political moralism --
Strong Anthropocene advocacy --
Anthropocene advocacy and strawman environmentalism --
Strong Anthropocene advocacy and ideology --
Notes --
References --
9. Towards a good Anthropocene? --
The trouble with ecomodernism. --
The good and the bad in the Anthropocene --
Socionatural hope after the Holocene --
Conclusion --
References --
PART IV: Democratic responses to the Anthropocene --
10. Geo-engineering: a curse or a blessing? --
Geo-engineering and the Anthropocene advocates --
An intuitive notion of freedom --
Freedom refined --
Beyond intuition --
Conclusion --
Notes --
References --
11. Sustainability governance in a democratic Anthropocene: the arts as key to deliberative citizen engagement --
The concept of sustainability in the Anthropocene --
Empathetic listening and critical contestation: An account of deliberative sustainability governance --
The role of the arts in society-wide deliberative reflection --
Conclusion --
Note --
References --
12. Critical design, hybrid labor, just transitions: moving beyond technocratic ecomodernisms and the it's-too-late-o-cene --
The apocalyptic Anthropocene and the it's-too-late-o-cene --
Designing the future so that everything must change so that everything stays the same. --
Pluralizing and provincializing ecological modernities --
Fixity, fluidity and critical design thinking for the Anthropocene --
Hybrid labor, hybrid design and the just transition --
Conclusion --
Note --
References. Afterword: the Anthropocene or welcome to our fluxed futures --
Introduction --
The socio-ecological condition our socio-technical condition is in --
Techno, techno, techno --
The question concerning nature' --
The good, the bad and the ugly Anthropocene --
Realism, moralism and green politics in the Anthropocene --
When to love and when to abort our monsters ...Marx(ing) towards a precautionary Anthropocene --
Knowledges for other possible Anthropocenes --
more political theory, poetry and less management? --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: edited by Manuel Arias-Maldonado and Zev Trachtenberg.

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This book brings together the most current thinking about the Anthropocene in the field of Environmental Political Theory ('EPT'). It displays the distinctive contribution EPT makes to the task of thinking through what 'the environment' means in this time of pervasive human influence over natural systems. Across its chapters the book helps develop the idea of 'socionatural relations'--an idea that frames the environment in the Anthropocene in terms of the interconnected relationship between human beings and their surroundings. Coming from both well-established and newer voices in the field, the chapters in the book show the diversity of points of view theorists take toward the Anthropocene idea, and socionatural relations more generally. However, all the chapters exemplify a characteristic of work in EPT: the self-conscious effort to provide normative interpretations that are responsive to scientific accounts. The Introduction explains the complicated interaction between science and EPT, showing how it positions EPT to consider the Anthropocene. And the Afterword, by a pioneer in the field, relates all the chapters to a perspective that has been deeply influential in EPT. This book will be of interest to scholars already engaged in EPT. But it will also serve as an introduction to the field for students of Political Theory, Philosophy, Environmental Studies, and related disciplines, who will learn about the EPT approach from the Introduction, and then see it applied to the pressing question of the Anthropocene in the ensuing chapters. The book will also help readers interested in the Anthropocene from any disciplinary perspective develop a critical understanding of its political meanings.

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