This ground-breaking book critically extends the psychological project, seeking to investigate the relations between human and more-than-human worlds against the backdrop of the Anthropocene by emphasising the significance of encounter, interaction and relationships.
Interdisciplinary environmental theorist Matthew Adams draws inspiration from a wealth of ideas emerging in human–animal studies, anthrozoology, multi-species ethnography and posthumanism, offering a framing of collective anthropogenic ecological crises to provocatively argue that the Anthropocene is also an invitation – to become conscious of the ways in which human and nonhuman are inextricably connected. Through a series of strange encounters between human and nonhuman worlds, Adams argues for the importance of cultivating attentiveness to the specific and situated ways in which the fates of multiple species are bound together in the Anthropocene. Throughout the book this argument is put into practice, incorporating everything from Pavlov’s dogs, broiler chickens, urban trees, grazing sheep and beached whales, to argue that the Anthropocene can be good to think with, conducive to a seeing ourselves and our place in the world with a renewed sense of connection, responsibility and love.
Building on developments in feminist and social theory, anthropology, ecopsychology, environmental psychology, (post)humanities, psychoanalysis and phenomenology, this is fascinating reading for academics and students in the field of critical psychology, environmental psychology, and human–animal studies.
Table of Contents
Preface Chapter 1. Welcome to the Anthropocene: A parenthesis of infinitesimal brevity Chapter 2. Why Pavlov’s dogs still matter: Animals, experimental psychology and the Anthropocene invitation Chapter 3. Eating animals in the Anthropocene: the broiler chicken, speciesism and vegatopia Chapter 4. Crafting new human-animal attachments: Do Anthropoceneans dream of eclectic sheep? Chapter 5. Heartbreaking losses in real places: Losing and finding solace in the Anthropocene Chapter 6. Between the whale and the kauri tree: multi-species encounters, indigenous knowledge and ethical relationality in the Anthropocene Afterword
Matthew Adams is based in the School of Applied Social Science at the University of Brighton, UK. His previous books include Ecological Crisis, Sustainability & the Psychosocial Subject (2016) and Self & Social Change (2007).