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Political Geology

Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life

Editors: Bobbette, Adam, Donovan, Amy (Eds.)

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  • Brings together key thinkers on geological politics and political geology as well as emerging topics in human and cultural geography
  • Explores the intersections of geology and politics
  •  Builds on the enthusiasm for the geological generated by the Anthropocene
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This book explores the emerging field of political geology, an area of study dedicated to understanding the cross-sections between geology and politics. It considers how geological forces such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and unstable ground are political forces and how political forces have an impact on the earth. Together the authors seek to understand how the geos has been known, spoken for, captured, controlled and represented while creating the active underlying strata for producing worlds. 
This comprehensive collection covers a variety of interdisciplinary topics including the history of the geological sciences, non-Western theories of geology, the origin of the earth, and the relationship between humans and nature. It includes chapters that re-think the earth’s ‘geostory’ as well as case studies on the politics of earthquakes in Mexico city, shamans on an Indonesian volcano, geologists at Oxford, and eroding islands in Japan. In each case political geology is attentive to the encounters between political projects and the generative geological materials that are enlisted and often slip, liquefy or erode away. This book will be of great interest to scholars and practitioners across the political and geographical sciences, as well as to philosophers of science, anthropologists and sociologists more broadly. 

About the authors

Adam Bobbette is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Amy Donovan is a lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, UK and at King’s College London, UK. 


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“It has been widely assumed that social scientists should confine their attention to the surface of the Earth: in consequence, they have had little to say about the Earth’s geology. This wonderful collection finally ends this strange silence and, in bringing the study of politics to the Earth’s depths, opens up a whole new field of historical and geographical enquiry.” (Andrew Barry, Department of Geography, University College London, UK)

“Whether the most recent epoch in the history of our planet should be termed the Anthropocene has yet to be determined, but the ensuing disputes have left no doubt that we live in an era of political geology. Controversies about resource use, climate change, and distinctions between the geological, biological and human have brought a new appreciation of the political dimensions of the Earth sciences. Ranging from India and Korea to Poland and Mexico, this wide-ranging volume is vital reading for anyone who wishes to understand the role of the geosciences in current debates.” (James A. Secord, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, UK)

Political Geology is a smart and inspiring collection that includes some of the best writers on the topic. Don’t however be mistaken: it is not merely about the solid ground beneath our feet; instead, the earth is moved as numbers, calculations, projects; it haunts as colonial memories and as material dynamics. This book is one key collection that helps to outline the (geo)political stakes of the Anthropocene.” (Jussi Parikka, University of Southampton, author of A Geology of Media)

 

 

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98189-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98188-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Political Geology
Book Subtitle
Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life
Editors
  • Adam Bobbette
  • Amy Donovan
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98189-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98189-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98188-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 379
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 24 illustrations in colour
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