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The Anthropocene

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David R. Butler



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ISBN 9781032076683
December 22, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

This book is devoted to the Anthropocene, the period of unprecedented human impacts on Earth’s environmental systems and illustrates how Geographers envision the concept of the Anthropocene.

This edited volume illustrates that geographers have a diverse perspective on what the Anthropocene is and represents. The chapters also show that geographers do not feel it necessary to identify only one starting point for the temporal onset of the Anthropocene. Several starting points are suggested, and some authors support the concept of a time-transgressive Anthropocene. Chapters in this book are organized into six sections, but many of them transcend easy categorization and could easily have fit into two or even three different sections. Geographers embrace the concept of the Anthropocene while defining it and studying it in a variety of ways that clearly show the breadth and diversity of the discipline.

This book will be of great value to scholars, researchers and students interested in geography, environmental humanities, environmental studies and anthropology.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal, Annals of the American Association of Geographers.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Anthropocene

David R. Butler

Definitions and Conceptual Considerations

1. The Anthropocene: The One, the Many, and the Topological

J. Anthony Stallins

2. The Geoethical Semiosis of the Anthropocene: The Peircean Triad for a Reconceptualization of the Relationship between Human Beings and Environment

Francesco De Pascale and Valeria Dattilo

3. Placing the Anthropos in Anthropocene

Jeffrey Hoelle and Nicholas C. Kawa

4. The Inhumanities

Kathryn Yusoff

5. Language and Groundwater: Symbolic Gradients of the Anthropocene

Paul C. Adams

6. Agri-Food Systems and the Anthropocene

Emily Reisman and Madeleine Fairbairn

7. On Decolonizing the Anthropocene: Disobedience via Plural Constitutions

Mark Jackson

Historical Perspectives on the Anthropocene

8. Nothing New under the Sun? George Perkins Marsh and Roots of U.S. Physical Geography

Jacob Bendix and Michael A. Urban

9. Synchronizing Earthly Timescales: Ice, Pollen, and the Making of Proto-Anthropocene Knowledge in the North Atlantic Region

Sverker Sörlin and Erik Isberg

10. Geographic Thought and the Anthropocene: What Geographers Have Said and Have to Say

Thomas Barclay Larsen and John Harrington Jr.

Physical Geography and the Anthropocene

11. Floodplain and Terrace Legacy Sediment as a Widespread Record of Anthropogenic Geomorphic Change

L. Allan James, Timothy P. Beach and Daniel D. Richter

12. Hotter Drought as a Disturbance at Upper Treeline in the Southern Rocky Mountains

Grant P. Elliott, Sydney N. Bailey and Steven J. Cardinal

13. Onset of the Paleoanthropocene in the Lower Great Lakes Region of North America: An Archaeological and Paleoecological Synthesis

Albert E. Fulton II and Catherine H. Yansa

14. Identifying a Pre-Columbian Anthropocene in California

Anna Klimaszewski-Patterson, Christopher T. Morgan and Scott Mensing

15. Wetland Farming and the Early Anthropocene: Globally Upscaling from the Maya Lowlands with LiDAR and Multiproxy Verification

Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Timothy P. Beach and Nicholas P. Dunning

16. Putting the Anthropocene into Practice: Methodological Implications

Christine Biermann, Lisa C. Kelley and Rebecca Lave

Natural Hazards, Disasters, and the Anthropocene

17. The Changing Nature of Hazard and Disaster Risk in the Anthropocene

Susan L. Cutter

18. Seismic Shifts: Recentering Geology and Politics in the Anthropocene

Ben A. Gerlofs

19. Understanding Urban Flood Resilience in the Anthropocene: A Social–Ecological–Technological Systems (SETS) Learning Framework

Heejun Chang, David J. Yu, Samuel A. Markolf, Chang-yu Hong, Sunyong Eom, Wonsuh Song and Deghyo Bae

The Environment and Environmental Degradation

20. Reframing Pre-European Amazonia through an Anthropocene Lens

Antoinette M. G. A WinklerPrins and Carolina Levis

21. Forests in the Anthropocene

Jaclyn Guz and Dominik Kulakowski

22. Abandoning Holocene Dreams: Proactive Biodiversity Conservation in a Changing World

Kenneth R. Young and Sisimac Duchicela

23. Re-envisioning the Toxic Sublime: National Park Wilderness Landscapes at the Anthropocene

Nicolas T. Bergmann and Robert M. Briwa

24. Climate Necropolitics: Ecological Civilization and the Distributive Geographies of Extractive Violence in the Anthropocene

Meredith J. DeBoom

25. Cultures and Concepts of Ice: Listening for Other Narratives in the Anthropocene

Harlan Morehouse and Marisa Cigliano

26. Ruins of the Anthropocene: The Aesthetics of Arctic Climate Change

Mia M. Bennett

27. The New (Ab)Normal: Outliers, Everyday Exceptionality, and the Politics of Data Management in the Anthropocene

Katherine R. Clifford and William R. Travis

The Anthropocene and Geographic Education

28. What Does That Have to Do with Geology? The Anthropocene in School Geographies around the World

Péter Bagoly-Simó

29. Geographic Education in the Anthropocene: Cultivating Citizens at the Neoliberal University

Lindsay Naylor and Dana Veron

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Biography

David R. Butler is Texas State University System Regents’ Professor Emeritus, and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography, Texas State University. His research interests include geomorphology in the Anthropocene, zoogeomorphology, dendrogeomorphology, and mountain environments and environmental change, especially in the Rocky Mountains.