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By Jason W. Moore (ed.)

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

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She defines anthropology as “studying relations with relations”—a hugely consequential, mind-and-body altering sort of commitment (1991, 1995, 2005). Nourished by her lifelong work in highland Papua New Guinea (Mt. Hagen), Strathern writes about accepting the risk of relentless contingency, of putting relations at risk with other relations, from unexpected worlds. Embodying the practice of feminist speculative fabulation in the scholarly mode, Strathern taught me—taught us—a game-changing, simple thing: “it matters what ideas we use to think other ideas” (1992, 10; also 1990).

The term “human enterprise” is used in publications on the Anthropocene to characterize the trajectory of human development from the hunter-gatherer phase through the industrial revolution, to the post–Second World War period of the “Great Acceleration” into the present time. Sometimes “human enterprise” is used multiple times in a single publication (for example, at least fourteen times in Steffen et al. 2011a). To my knowledge “the human enterprise” is never defined, allowing for the cultural meaning (encouraged also by its hint of Star Trek) of history as unfolding progress to be readable in the term.

The Invisible Committee delivers a snapshot of the domestication awaiting the Earth in the Anthropocene, even as many of the latter’s “optimistic” exponents prefer to describe the future’s geography as akin to a garden (Kareiva et al. 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.

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