Anthropological perspectives on the Anthropocene

Discussion date:

8 May 2018

Discussion Description:

This introductory session explores four distinct anthropological perspectives on the Anthropocene. Drawing on different disciplinary and critical traditions, they present specific views of the Anthropocene, as well as the analytical, conceptual, methodological and ethical challenges that it poses for anthropologists and other scholars.


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Malm, Andreas and Alf Hornborg. 2014. ‘The geology of mankind? A critique of the Anthropocene narrative’. The Anthropocene Review Vol 1, Issue 1, pp. 62 – 69

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