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Anthropocene Encounters: New Directions in Green Political Thinking

Frank Biermann, Eva Lövbrand, Noel Castree, Manuel Arias-Maldonado, Alexandra Nikoleris, Johannes Stripple, Paul Tenngart, Anthony Burke, Stefanie Fishel, Victor Galaz, Ayşem Mert, Jeremy Baskin, Anne Fremaux, John Barry, Silke Beck, Paul Wapner, James Meadowcroft
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  • Date Published: July 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108740418


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  • Coined barely two decades ago, the Anthropocene has become one of the most influential and controversial terms in environmental policy. Yet it remains an ambivalent and contested formulation, giving rise to a multitude of unexpected, and often uncomfortable, conversations. This book traces in detail a broad variety of such 'Anthropocene encounters': in science, philosophy and literary fiction. It asks what it means to 'think green' in a time when nature no longer offers a stable backdrop to political analysis. Do familiar political categories and concepts, such as democracy, justice, power and time, hold when confronted with a world radically transformed by humans? The book responds by inviting more radical political thought, plural forms of engagement, and extended ethical commitments, making it a fascinating and timely volume for graduate students and researchers working in earth system governance, environmental politics and studies of the Anthropocene.

    • Tackling uncomfortable questions, this book explores multiple perspectives to enable critical conversations regarding environmental politics
    • Chapters of this highly interdisciplinary volume cover a broad variety of 'Anthropocene encounters'”: in science, philosophy and literary fiction
    • Draws on research carried out as part of the Earth System Governance Project and is the first of a mini-series of books linked to the 10-year anniversary of the programme
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108740418
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

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    List of contributors
    1. Encountering the 'Anthropocene': setting the scene Frank Biermann and Eva Lövbrand
    Part I. The Conceptual Politics of the Anthropocene: Science, Philosophy, and Culture:
    2. The 'Anthropocene' in global change science: expertise, the Earth, and the future of humanity Noel Castree
    3. The 'Anthropocene' in philosophy: the neo-material Turn and the question of nature Manuel Arias-Maldonado
    4. The 'Anthropocene' in popular culture: narrating human agency, force and our place on Earth Alexandra Nikoleris, Johannes Stripple and Paul Tenngart
    Part II. Key Concepts and the Anthropocene: A Reconsideration:
    5. Power, world politics and thing-systems in the Anthropocene Anthony Burke and Stefanie Fishel
    6. Time and politics in the Anthropocene: to fast, too slow? Victor Galaz
    7. Democracy in the Anthropocene Ayşem Mert
    8. Global justice and the Anthropocene: reproducing a development story Jeremy Baskin
    Part III. The Practices of Political Study in the Anthropocene:
    9. The 'Good Anthropocene' and green political theory: rethinking environmentalism, resisting ecomodernism Anne Fremaux and John Barry
    10. Co-producing knowledge and politics of the Anthropocene: the case of the future Earth program Silke Beck
    11. The ethics of political research in the Anthropocene Paul Wapner
    12. Epilogue: continuity and change in the Anthropocene James Meadowcroft

  • Editors

    Frank Biermann, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Frank Biermann is Research Professor of Global Sustainability Governance with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands. He is the founding Chair of the Earth System Governance Project, a global transdisciplinary research network launched in 2009; and Editor-in-Chief of the new peer-reviewed journal of Earth System Governance. In April 2018, he won a European Research Council Advanced Grant for a research program on the steering effects of the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Eva Lövbrand, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden
    Eva Lövbrand is Associate Professor in Environmental Change at the Department of Thematic Studies and is also affiliated with the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, both at Linköpings Universitet, Sweden. Much of her work focuses on the ideas, knowledge claims and expert practices that inform and legitimise global environmental politics and governance. Since 2015 she has been the Co-Convenor of the Earth System Governance Project's taskforce on the Anthropocene together with Frank Biermann.


    Frank Biermann, Eva Lövbrand, Noel Castree, Manuel Arias-Maldonado, Alexandra Nikoleris, Johannes Stripple, Paul Tenngart, Anthony Burke, Stefanie Fishel, Victor Galaz, Ayşem Mert, Jeremy Baskin, Anne Fremaux, John Barry, Silke Beck, Paul Wapner, James Meadowcroft

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