University of Hertfordshire

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing
Publication statusIn preparation - 1 Feb 2022

Abstract

The drastic ecological changes labelled as ‘the Anthropocene’ not only increasingly shape the political awareness and priorities of citizens and governments but also inform a large body of social scientific scholarship. This book takes the recent turn to ecology as a starting point to critically investigate the politics of the Anthropocene in theory and practice. The authors bring ecological thinking into contact with Critical Indigenous Studies, where awareness of the necessity for sustainable relations between humans and non-humans has long preceded the Western Anthropocene discourse. But in Indigenous scholarship and practice, ecological relationality and adaptiveness does not exist independently from power relations and political struggles. The capacity to live in the end of times is intrinsically intertwined with the colonial condition that shapes the life worlds of Indigenous communities. Against the background of an Indigenous ecology which is always linked to political contestation, this book unpacks and problematises the depoliticising character of Western Anthropocene discourses. The authors firstly show how Indigenous thought challenges the narrative of a shared Being in the Anthropocene, which shapes contemporary environmental politics and prevails in both science-oriented and critical, post-humanist ecological scholarship. Secondly, they draw on Critical Indigenous Studies to unpack how the anti-colonial struggles of Indigenous communities, the unequal distribution of responsibilities for and suffering from ecological change and the continuation of political and economic power structures from the Holocene are concealed and devalued in Anthropocene theory as well as new forms of climate politics and activism, such as extinction rebellion.

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