Anthropocene or Capitalocene?: Nature, History, and the by Jason W. Moore (ed.)

By Jason W. Moore (ed.)

Participants: Elmar Altvater, Eileen C. Crist, Donna J. Haraway, Daniel Hartley, Christian Parenti, Justin McBrien

The Earth has reached a tipping aspect. Runaway weather swap, the 6th nice extinction of planetary lifestyles, the acidification of the oceans—all element towards an period of unparalleled turbulence in humanity’s dating in the net of lifestyles. yet simply what's that dating, and the way can we make experience of this impressive transition? Anthropocene or Capitalocene? offers solutions to those questions from a dynamic crew of major serious students who problem the normal perform of dividing historic switch and modern truth into “Nature” and “Society,” demonstrating the probabilities provided via a extra nuanced and connective view of human environment-making, joined at each step with and in the biosphere. In detailed registers, the authors body their discussions inside a politics of desire that sign the chances for transcending capitalism, extensively understood as a “world-ecology” that joins nature, capital, and tool as a traditionally evolving whole.

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2011; Shellenberger and Nordhaus 2011; Marris et al. 2011).  . which cuts through a mass of complexity and detail to place the evolution of the human enterprise in the context of a much longer Earth history. This analysis sharpens the focus on an overarching long term goal for humanity—keeping the Earth’s environment in a state conducive for further human development. (Steffen et al. 2011b, 741) Keeping the human enterprise viable is never about rejecting history’s trajectory of planetary conquest, but about sustaining that trajectory with the caveat of some urgently needed corrections: most especially, 20 ON THE P OVERT Y OF OUR NOMENCLATURE the management of certain biophysical boundaries too risky to breach, so as to stabilize “a safe operating space” where humanity can continue to develop and maneuver (Ellis 2012; Rockström et al.

The result was active participation in genocide. The anthropologist, feminist, cultural theorist, storyteller, and connoisseur of the tissues of heterogeneous capitalism, globalism, traveling worlds, and local places, Anna Tsing examines the “arts of living on a damaged planet,”19 or in the title of her new book, “life in the ruins” (Tsing 2015). She performs thinking of a kind that must be cultivated in the alltoo-ordinary urgencies of onrushing multispecies extinctions, genocides, immiserations, and exterminations.

Living in integration with wild nature is not a veiled invitation for humanity to return to its pre-Neolithic phase;26 nor does it automatically signal (in my view) an a priori ceiling to technological innovation; nor is it intended to conjure a naive view of life as an Edenic kingdom. It is not my aim here to recommend what human integration within the biosphere might specifically look like, but instead to contend about the prerequisite for such a way of life to emerge: namely, catching “a sideways glance of a vast nonhuman world that has been denigrated by the concepts, institutions, and practices associated with ‘the human’” (Calarco 2012, 56); and also becoming receptive to the view that if the imperative of respecting the natural world’s self-integrity and intrinsic value appears unimposing to the human mind, it is because the human mind has been conditioned and enclosed by a species-supremacist civilization.

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