The geology of mankind? A critique of the Anthropocene narrative

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The Anthropocene narrative portrays humanity as a species ascending to power over the rest of the Earth System. In the crucial field of climate change, this entails the attribution of fossil fuel combustion to properties acquired during human evolution, notably the ability to manipulate fire. But the fossil economy was not created nor is it upheld by humankind in general. This intervention questions the use of the species category in the Anthropocene narrative and argues that it is analytically flawed, as well as inimical to action. Intra-species inequalities are part and parcel of the current ecological crisis and cannot be ignored in attempts to understand it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-69
JournalThe Anthropocene Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social and Economic Geography


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