Becoming differently modern: Geographic contributions to a generative climate politics

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Abstract


  • Anthropogenic climate change is a quintessentially modern problem in its historical origins and discursive

    framing, but how well does modernist thinking provide us with the tools to solve the problems it created? On

    one hand even though anthropogenic climate change is argued to be a problem of human origins, solutions to

    which will require human actions and engagements, modernity separates people from climate change in a

    number of ways. On the other, while amodern or more-than-human concepts of multiple and relational

    agency are more consistent with the empirical evidence of humans being deeply embedded in earth surface

    processes, these approaches have not sufficiently accounted for human power in climate change, nor articulated

    generative pathways forward. We argue that recent research in human geography has much to offer

    because it routinely combines both deconstructive impulses and empirical compulsions (ethnographic, material,

    embodied, practice-based). It has a rather unique possibility to be both deconstructive and generative/

    creative. We bring together more-than-human geographies and cross-scalar work on agency and governance

    to suggest how to reframe climate change and climate change response in two main ways: elaborating human

    and non-human continuities and differences, and identifying and harnessing vernacular capacities.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Head, L. & Gibson, C. (2012). Becoming differently modern: Geographic contributions to a generative climate politics. Progress in Human Geography: an international review of geographical work in the social sciences and humanities, 36 (6), 699-714.

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  • 2-s2.0-84869186774

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=7951&context=scipapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/scipapers/4608

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Number Of Pages


  • 15

Start Page


  • 699

End Page


  • 714

Volume


  • 36

Issue


  • 6

Abstract


  • Anthropogenic climate change is a quintessentially modern problem in its historical origins and discursive

    framing, but how well does modernist thinking provide us with the tools to solve the problems it created? On

    one hand even though anthropogenic climate change is argued to be a problem of human origins, solutions to

    which will require human actions and engagements, modernity separates people from climate change in a

    number of ways. On the other, while amodern or more-than-human concepts of multiple and relational

    agency are more consistent with the empirical evidence of humans being deeply embedded in earth surface

    processes, these approaches have not sufficiently accounted for human power in climate change, nor articulated

    generative pathways forward. We argue that recent research in human geography has much to offer

    because it routinely combines both deconstructive impulses and empirical compulsions (ethnographic, material,

    embodied, practice-based). It has a rather unique possibility to be both deconstructive and generative/

    creative. We bring together more-than-human geographies and cross-scalar work on agency and governance

    to suggest how to reframe climate change and climate change response in two main ways: elaborating human

    and non-human continuities and differences, and identifying and harnessing vernacular capacities.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Head, L. & Gibson, C. (2012). Becoming differently modern: Geographic contributions to a generative climate politics. Progress in Human Geography: an international review of geographical work in the social sciences and humanities, 36 (6), 699-714.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84869186774

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=7951&context=scipapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/scipapers/4608

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 15

Start Page


  • 699

End Page


  • 714

Volume


  • 36

Issue


  • 6