Hope and Grief in the Anthropocene: Re-conceptualising human–nature relations, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Hope and Grief in the Anthropocene

Re-conceptualising human–nature relations, 1st Edition

By Lesley Head


182 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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The Anthropocene is a volatile and potentially catastrophic age demanding new ways of thinking about relations between humans and the nonhuman world. This book explores how responses to environmental challenges are hampered by a grief for a pristine and certain past, rather than considering the scale of the necessary socioeconomic change for a 'future' world. Conceptualisations of human-nature relations must recognise both human power and its embeddedness within material relations. Hope is a risky and complex process of possibility that carries painful emotions; it is something to be practised rather than felt. As centralised governmental solutions regarding climate change appear insufficient, intellectual and practical resources can be derived from everyday understandings and practices. Empirical examples from rural and urban contexts and with diverse research participants - indigenous communities, climate scientists, weed managers, suburban householders - help us to consider capacity, vulnerability and hope in new ways.


"The book is important and timely. A main strength is that Head problematises the often rather shallow plea for more positive emotions in climate-change communication and education, for instance." - Maria OjalaÖrebro University, Örebro, Sweden,Local Environment The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability

Table of Contents

1. The spectre of catastrophe 2. Grief will be our companion 3. Past, present and future temporalities 4. More than human, more than nature 5. Practising hope 6. Rethinking agriculture, rethinking Anthropocene 7. Living with weeds 8. Governing the ungovernable? 9. Beyond fortress and sprawl: retrofitting cities, suburbs and households 10. The Anthropoceneans

About the Author

Lesley Head is Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Head of the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne, Australia. This book was written while she was Director of the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, University of Wollongong, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Research in the Anthropocene

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography