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Earth System governmentality Reflections on science in the Anthropocene
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research . Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Lund University.
Kalmar University.
2009 (English)In: GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE-HUMAN AND POLICY DIMENSIONS, ISSN 0959-3780, Vol. 19, no 1, 7-13 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines Earth System Science as a novel approach to global environmental change research. Drawing upon Michel Foucaults governmentality concept, the paper opens up the Earth System metaphor to political analysis and asks what it does to our understanding of nature and society as a governable domain. We trace the scientific practices that have produced the Earth System as a thinkable analytical category back to the International Geophysical Year in 1957. We also identify the Anthropocene as a central and yet ambiguous system of thought for Earth System Science that harbours different strategies for sustainability in terms of (1) the persons over whom government is to be exercised; (2) the distribution of tasks and actions between authorities; and (3) contrasting ideals or principles for how government should be directed.

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2009. Vol. 19, no 1, 7-13 p.
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Earth System Science, Governmentality, Anthropocene, The coupled human and ecological system, Global environmental change research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17750DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2008.10.002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-17750DiVA: diva2:211824
Available from: 2009-04-18 Created: 2009-04-17 Last updated: 2010-04-16Bibliographically approved

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