Climate, Capitalism and Communities
An Anthropology of Environmental Overheating
An anthropological perspective on the devastating environmental consequences of global capital's growth imperative.
Climate, Capitalism and Communities focuses explicitly on that nexus, examining the injustices and inequalities - as well as the activist responses - that have arisen as a result, and the contradictions between the imperatives of exponential economic growth, and those of environmental sustainability, and society as a whole.
Bringing an innovative, ethnographic toolkit to bear on a crisis that is at once global and highly localised, the authors shift attention away from the consequences of climate change, to a focus on the social relations and power structures that continue to prevent effective action.
Astrid B. Stensrud is Associate Professor in the Department of Global Development and Planning at the University of Agder. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Oslo. Since 2001, she has done extensive ethnographic research in the Peruvian Andes. She has recently published several journal articles and book chapters on climate change, water and neoliberalism, for publications including Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology and Critique of Anthropology. She is the co-editor of forthcoming volume, Climate, Capitalism and Communities (Pluto 2019).
Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and former President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. He is the author of numerous classics of anthropology, including Small Places, Large Issues - 4th Edition (Pluto, 2015) and What is Anthropology? - 2nd Edition (Pluto, 2017).
'Presenting evidence from places as diverse as the Arctic, Mongolia and Peru, this volume testifies to the growing anthropological awareness of the link between global capitalism and climate change' - Hans A Baer, author of 'Global Capitalism and Climate Change: The Need for an Alternative World System'
'This excellent analysis of climate change and global 'overheating' is underpinned by studies that demonstrate how it is experienced in diverse cultural and geographical contexts. Every researcher, politician and activist seeking ways to avert ecological and social meltdown should read this book' - Veronica Strang, author of 'Water: Nature and Culture'
'This extraordinary volume spotlights the accelerating self-consuming metabolism of fossil-fueled modernity that is producing our overheated world. But it also reveals how the experience of overheating, and the optimal strategies for deceleration, vary by group and place. This is a must-read collection for anthropologists critically engaged with the Anthropocene trajectory' - Dominic Boyer, author of 'The Life Informatic: Newsmaking in the Digital Era'
1. Introduction: Anthropological Perspectives on Global Economic and Environmental Crises in an Overheated World - Astrid B. Stensrud and Thomas Hylland Eriksen
2. The Political Economy of the Great Acceleration, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - Anna Tsing
3. A Community on the Brink of Extinction? Ecological Crises and Ruined Landscapes in Northwest Greenland - Kirsten Hastrup
4. Sea Ice, Climate and Resources: The Changing Nature of Hunting Along Greenland's Northwest Coast - Mark Nuttall
5. Volatility: Understanding Global Capitalism and Climate Change Vulnerability in Mongolia - Andrei Marin
6. The Dark Side of Progress: The Intersections of Climate Change, Neoliberalism and Modernity in Peru - Astrid B. Stensrud
7. Puzzling Pieces and Situated Urgencies of Climate Change and Globalisation in the High Arctic: Three Stories from Qaanaaq - Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen and Janne Flora
8. Counting: Health Emergencies and the Constitution of Extractive Natures in Northern Loreto, Peru - María A. Guzmán-Gallegos
9. Expansive Capitalism, Climate Change and Global Climate Mitigation Regimes: A Triple Burden on Forest Peoples in the Global South - Harold Wilhite and Cecilia G. Salinas
10. Climate Change, Oceanic Sovereignties and Maritime Economies in the Pacific - Edvard Hviding
11. Islands of Hope and Despair: Scaling the Collapses and the Collapse of Scales - Frank Sejersen
12. Using a Glacier Website to Promote Action and Build Community: Engaged Anthropology in the Digital Age - Ben Orlove, Kerry Milch and Laura Uguccioni
Notes on Contributors
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745339573
eBook ISBN: 9781786804877
135mm x 215mm