1st Edition

The Anthropocene

Edited By David R. Butler Copyright 2022
    378 Pages
    by Routledge

    378 Pages
    by Routledge

    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 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.

    Introduction: The Anthropocene
    David R. Butler
    Part 1: 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
    Part 2: 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.
    Part 3: 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
    Part 4: 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
    Part 5: 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
    Part 6: 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


    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.