The Anthropocene is the proposed name for a new geologic era in which humans are held to be a defining agent of planetary history. Largely the effect of fossil fuel use in industrial societies, this periodization has itself generated a minor academic industry of publications and theoretical formulations that have alternately challenged and reinforced disciplinary perspectives. In light of this, this chapter argues for a conjunctural approach to the Anthropocene concept, one that focuses on understanding its ‘meaning’ in relation to the political, geographical, ecological, economic, and institutional contexts where it is deployed. It draws on two examples, one from an ‘ecomodernist’ institute located in California, another from the indigenous Kichwa people of Ecuador.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSituating Sustainability : A Handbook of Contexts and Concepts
EditorsReetta Toivanen, C. Parker Krieg
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationHelsinki
PublisherHelsinki University Press
Publication dateNov 2021
ISBN (Print)978-952-369-050-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-369-051-6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 1172 Environmental sciences

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