Political Geology - Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life
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This comprehensive collection covers a variety of interdisciplinary topics including the history of the geological sciences, non-Western theories of geology, the origin of the earth, and the relationship between humans and nature. It includes chapters that re-think the earth’s ‘geostory’ as well as case studies on the politics of earthquakes in Mexico city, shamans on an Indonesian volcano, geologists at Oxford, and eroding islands in Japan. In each case political geology is attentive to the encounters between political projects and the generative geological materials that are enlisted and often slip, liquefy or erode away. This book will be of great interest to scholars and practitioners across the political and geographical sciences, as well as to philosophers of science, anthropologists and sociologists more broadly.
“Whether the most recent epoch in the history of our planet should be termed the Anthropocene has yet to be determined, but the ensuing disputes have left no doubt that we live in an era of political geology. Controversies about resource use, climate change, and distinctions between the geological, biological and human have brought a new appreciation of the political dimensions of the Earth sciences. Ranging from India and Korea to Poland and Mexico, this wide-ranging volume is vital reading for anyone who wishes to understand the role of the geosciences in current debates.” (James A. Secord, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, UK)
“Political Geology is a smart and inspiring collection that includes some of the best writers on the topic. Don’t however be mistaken: it is not merely about the solid ground beneath our feet; instead, the earth is moved as numbers, calculations, projects; it haunts as colonial memories and as material dynamics. This book is one key collection that helps to outline the (geo)political stakes of the Anthropocene.” (Jussi Parikka, University of Southampton, author of A Geology of Media)
Explores the intersections of geology and politics
Builds on the enthusiasm for the geological generated by the Anthropocene
Adam Bobbette is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Amy Donovan is a lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, UK and at King’s College London, UK.