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Less Than One But More Than Many

Anthropocene as Science Fiction and Scholarship-in-the-Making

Heather Anne Swanson, Nils Bubandt, and Anna Tsing

How might one responsibly review a field just coming into being—such as that provoked by the term Anthropocene? In this article, we argue for two strategies. First, working from the premise that the Anthropocene field is best understood within its emergence, we review conferences rather than publications. In conference performances, we glimpse the themes and tensions of a field-to-come. Second, we interpret Anthropocene as a science-fiction concept, that is, one that pulls us out of familiar space and time to view our predicaments differently. This allows us to explore emergent figurations, genres, and practices for the transdisciplinary study of real and imagined worlds framed by human disturbance. In the interplay and variation across modes for constructing this field, Anthropocene scholarship finds its shape.

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Environmental Expertise as Group Belonging

Environmental Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies

Rolf Lidskog and Göran Sundqvist

proactive measures ( Mol 1996 ). Not only policies but also practices have changed, and environmental performance has been boosted in many areas, such as air pollution and CFC emissions. Ecological rationality is slowly catching up with economic rationality

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A Crystal Ball for Forests?

Analyzing the Social-Ecological Impacts of Forest Conservation and Management over the Long Term

Daniel C. Miller, Pushpendra Rana, and Catherine Benson Wahlén

numerical, representations that can be used to compare, evaluate, and rank performance, as well as set standards against which to measure performance. Indicators can be used at multiple spatial and temporal scales, from national indicators like gross

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Plastic Packaging, Food Supply, and Everyday Life

Adopting a Social Practice Perspective in Social-Ecological Research

Lukas Sattlegger, Immanuel Stieß, Luca Raschewski, and Katharina Reindl

. Machines can take over human work and displace practices, or they can influence the way in which practices persist or change without directly participating as elements within their performance. For Morley (2017: 83 ), the inclusion of these more indirect

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Decoupling Seascapes

An Anthropology of Marine Stock Enhancement Science in Japan

Shingo Hamada

; Lien and Law 2011 ). “Performance,” then, refers to the embodiment of an idea of fish but not the fish or a thing in itself. The practice of italicizing Clupea pallasii means the words themselves look more sacred than secular, inferring on science an

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Toxic Research

Political Ecologies and the Matter of Damage

Noah Theriault and Simi Kang

” (2017: 8; see also Zhang 2014). We are reminded here that an expression of “toxic uncertainty” may be a politically necessary performance as much as it is a genuine expression of confusion or ignorance. 1 Speaking of confusion, the epistemic and

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Brittany Kiessling and Keely Maxwell

example, the EPA produces written communications about Superfund and brownfield success stories, as well as annual reports of performance metrics (e.g., EPA 2020 ). How do other social actors involved with cleanups find, interpret, and use these materials

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Toxic Sensorium

Agrochemicals in the African Anthropocene

Serena Stein and Jessie Luna

also constitutive of new ways of living. Scholarship on co-productions of toxicity and colonial, imperial, and capitalist structures of power should also examine toxic subjects’ specific relationships to economic opportunity, performances of self and

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The Double Force of Vulnerability

Ethnography and Environmental Justice

Grant M. Gutierrez, Dana E. Powell, and T. L. Pendergrast

. 2016 . A Town Called Asbestos: Environmental Contamination, Health, and Resilience in a Resource Community . Vancouver : University of British Columbia Press . Vasudevan , Pavithra. 2012 . “ Performance and Proximity: Revisiting Environmental

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New Materialist Approaches to Fisheries

The Birth of “Bycatch”

Lauren Drakopulos

tend to hang together” (2002: 5) and the “performances of an object may collaborate and even depend on one another” (1999: 83). In other words, objects and practices exist in relation to one another, but tensions arise when their material realities