1st Edition

Futures: Imagining Socioecological Transformation

Edited By Bruce Braun Copyright 2016
    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    Futures: Imagining Socioecological Transformation brings together leading scholars to explore how we might know, enact, and struggle for, the conjoined social and ecological transformations we need to achieve just and sustainable futures. The question of transformation, and how it might be achieved, is explored across a variety of topics and geographical sites, and through heterodox analytical and theoretical approaches, in a collective effort to move beyond a form of critique that hands down judgements, to one that brings new ideas and new possibilities to life. Chapters are lively and original engagements with concrete situations that sparkle with creativity. Together, they add up to an impressive study of how to live, and what to struggle for, in the complex socioecological landscapes of the Anthropocene. This book was previously published as a special issue of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

    1. Futures: Imagining Socioecological Transformation—An Introduction
    Bruce Braun

    Knowing Socioecological Futures

    2. The Future of Environmental Expertise
    Rebecca Lave

    3. Knowing Climate Change, Embodying Climate Praxis: Experiential Knowledge in Southern Appalachia
    Jennifer L. Rice, Brian J. Burke, and Nik Heynen

    4. Temporalities in Adaptation to Sea-Level Rise
    Ruth Fincher, Jon Barnett, and Sonia Graham

    5. Translating Climate Change: Adaptation, Resilience, and Climate Politics in Nunavut, Canada
    Emilie Cameron, Rebecca Mearns, and Janet Tamalik McGrath

    The Politics of Socioecological Transformation

    6. Environmental Politics After Nature: Conflicting Socioecological Futures
    Becky Mansfield, Christine Biermann, Kendra McSweeney, Justine Law, Caleb Gallemore, Leslie Horner, and Darla K. Munroe

    7. The Place and Time of the Political in Urban Political Ecology: Contested Imaginations of a River’s Future
    Ryan Holifield and Nick Schuelke

    8. Toward an Interim Politics of Resourcefulness for the Anthropocene
    Kate Driscoll Derickson and Danny MacKinnon

    9. Climate Change and the Adaptation of the Political
    Joel Wainwright and Geoff Mann

    10. A Manifesto for Abundant Futures
    Rosemary-Claire Collard, Jessica Dempsey, and Juanita Sundberg

    Imagined Futures: Art, Film, Literature

    11. The Art of Socioecological Transformation
    Harriet Hawkins, Sallie A. Marston, Mrill Ingram, and Elizabeth Straughan

    12. These Overheating Worlds
    Kendra Strauss

    13. When Horses Won’t Eat: Apocalypse and the Anthropocene
    Franklin Ginn

    14. Imaginaries of Hope: The Utopianism of Degrowth
    Giorgos Kallis and Hug March

    Experiments in Socioecological Change

    15. On the Possibilities of a Charming Anthropocene
    Holly Jean Buck

    16. Banking Spatially on the Future: Capital Switching, Infrastructure, and the Ecological Fix
    Noel Castree and Brett Christophers

    17. Biomimetic Futures: Life, Death, and the Enclosure of a More-Than-Human Intellect
    Elizabeth R. Johnson and Jesse Goldstein

    18. Agro-Ecology and Food Sovereignty Movements in Chile: Sociospatial Practices for Alternative Peasant Futures
    Beatriz Cid Aguayo and Alex Latta

    19. School Gardens as Sites for Forging Progressive Socioecological Futures

    Sarah A. Moore, Jeffrey Wilson, Sarah Kelly-Richards, and Sallie A. Marston

    20. From Incremental Change to Radical Disjuncture: Rethinking Everyday Household Sustainability Practices as Survival Skills
    Chris Gibson, Lesley Head, and Chantel Carr

    21. Transforming Household Consumption: From Backcasting to HomeLabs Experiments
    Anna R. Davies and Ruth Doyle


    Bruce Braun is Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota and a specialist in Environmental Thought and Politics. Current research includes Geosocial formations, green urbanism and apparatuses of government. His books include The Intemperate Rainforest: Nature, Culture and Power on Canada's West Coast, Political Matter: Technoscience, Democracy and Public Life, and Remaking Reality: Nature at the Millennium.