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Who speaks for the future of Earth? How critical social science can extend the conversation on the Anthropocene
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Tema Environmental Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
UFZ, Germany.
University of E Anglia, England.
University of London London School Econ and Polit Science, England.
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2015 (English)In: Global Environmental Change, ISSN 0959-3780, E-ISSN 1872-9495, Vol. 32, 211-218 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper asks how the social sciences can engage with the idea of the Anthropocene in productive ways. In response to this question we outline an interpretative research agenda that allows critical engagement with the Anthropocene as a socially and culturally bounded object with many possible meanings and political trajectories. In order to facilitate the kind of political mobilization required to meet the complex environmental challenges of our times, we argue that the social sciences should refrain from adjusting to standardized research agendas and templates. A more urgent analytical challenge lies in exposing, challenging and extending the ontological assumptions that inform how we make sense of and respond to a rapidly changing environment. By cultivating environmental research that opens up multiple interpretations of the Anthropocene, the social sciences can help to extend the realm of the possible for environmental politics.

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Elsevier , 2015. Vol. 32, 211-218 p.
Keyword [en]
Anthropocence; Politics; Global environmental change; Social science; Critical interpretation; Ontology
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119807DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.03.012ISI: 000355770700019OAI: diva2:827184

Funding Agencies|research project Novel Forms of Governance by Nested Networks (NESNET) by the German Ministry for Education and Research, Funding Initiative "Research on the Relationship between Science, Politics and Society" [KZ 01UZ1003]; Linkoping University

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