The Anthropocene Thesis

Simon Dalby

in The Oxford Handbook of Global Studies

Published in print December 2018 | ISBN: 9780190630577
Published online December 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780190630607 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Anthropocene Thesis

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The theme of the Anthropocene raises fundamental questions for how world politics is now to be understood. Geopolitics can now no longer take the context of the human drama for granted; transformations are afoot that are of humanity’s own making. Nature is increasingly being produced at the largest of scales, and political thinking has to come to terms with this new condition. Globalization is, it turns out, a profoundly physical process, not just a matter of trade and cultural change networked by communication technologies. The global economy is effectively a new geomorphic force at work in the biosphere. The Anthropocene thus provides a formulation for rethinking many things and is, as such, a profoundly useful category for new thinking about global studies.

Keywords: Anthropocene; culture; colonialism; Earth system; geology; globalization; planetary boundaries; urbanization

Article.  7971 words. 

Subjects: Political Sociology

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