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Italian Views on Sustainable Energy: Trends in the Representations of Energy, Energy System, and User, 2009–2011

Mauro Sarrica, Sonia Brondi, and Paolo Cottone

This article examines the contents of the representations of sustainable energy in Italy from 2009 to 2011. In particular it explores the representations of energy, energy systems, and users. The article's starting point was the assumption that critical points may change the relationship between communities and the represented issues, and that new representations may be dialogically elaborated following relevant societal events. Political debates and newspaper articles dealing with sustainable energy were subjected to content analyses. Results show that the representations bear witness to the prevalence of economic and strategic approaches and a view of citizens whereby, even when involved in decentralized systems, they are required to stay passive. Alternative contents seem not to challenge the hegemonic view of energy. A clear trend toward sustainability is lacking, suggesting the absence of a continuing motivation to look at energy taking into account the civic growth of the population.

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Posthuman? Nature and Culture in Renegotiation

Kornelia Engert and Christiane Schürkmann

Svalbard Global Seed Vault and its strategy of ex situ conservation from a post-anthropocentric perspective. In reference to media coverage and expert interviews, the article provides insights into this contemporary approach to seed banking embedded in the

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Facing a Toxic Object

Nuclear Waste Management and its Challenges for Nature-Culture-Relationships

Christiane Schürkmann

having been modern in the sense of having established an anthropocentric perspective. On the other hand, as hybrid products of human action and material activity in the form of socio-chemical fabrications and therefore products of hybrid relationships

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Objectification, Empowerment, and the Male Gaze in the Lanval Corpus

Elizabeth S. Leet

interiority in favor of outward displays of verbal, human agency. 22 In Arthur’s throne room, both Sir Landevale and Sir Launfal assume an anthropocentric perspective demonstrated by the decreased participation of nonhuman animals. Although this is the

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Sensing the Life of Material

Mammoth Ivory and Craftsmen's Work

Tatiana Argounova-Low

to redress an anthropocentric perspective and an imbalanced notion of human agency. He states: “If human agency is then material agency is , there is no way that human and material agency can be disentangled” ( Malafouris 2008: 22 ). Close

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Decoupling Seascapes

An Anthropology of Marine Stock Enhancement Science in Japan

Shingo Hamada

period to the Anthropocene ( Swanson et al. 2018 ). The anthropocentric perspective views domestication as the modification of other species “for purposes of profit to a human community that maintains complete mastery over its breeding organization of

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Making Post/Anthropocentric Futures in Agrobiodiversity Conservation

Franziska von Verschuer

interest in the relations among the involved actors and to the natural world as well as the way they constitute the matter of agrobiodiversity loss and conservation. In this article, this approach is also reflected in a post-anthropocentric perspective that

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Clashing Scales and Accelerated Change

Two Cases from Norway

Thomas Hylland Eriksen

agriculture. Crisis occurs, seen from an anthropocentric perspective, when humans suffer or are deprived of resources as a result; or one could, as some of the contributors to this special issue do, emphasise the broader ecological impact of planned changes