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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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Dan Brockington

comparing performance in organizations, “new secret organisational worlds” form that create and exploit invisibility in order to appear better in performance metrics. More than that, we must understand measurement not just as a way of seeing but also as a

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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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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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Evert Van de Vliert

sweltering summers. A further critique, scrutinized here for the first time, is that the degree of wealth is confounded with major determinants of economic performance ( Maddison 1982 ). Poor countries tend to have agrarian economies whereas rich countries

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Introduction

Civil Society and Urban Agriculture in Europe

Mary P. Corcoran and Joëlle Salomon Cavin

. , and Amartya Sen . 2009 . Report by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress . Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress , Paris . http

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Introduction

People and Plants

Kay E. Lewis-Jones

. 2014 . “ Plant Publics: Multispecies Relating in Spanish Botanical Gardens .” Anthropological Quarterly 88 , no. 2 : 481 – 507 . 10.1353/anq.2015.0024 Hitchings , Russell . 2003 . “ People, Plants and Performance: On Actor Network Theory and the

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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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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