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A more-than-human political moment (and other natural catastrophes)


Booth, K and Williams, S, A more-than-human political moment (and other natural catastrophes), Space and Polity, 18, (2) pp. 182-195. ISSN 1356-2576 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13562576.2014.884313


Catastrophic events such as wildfires are predicted to increase and intensify because of climate change. We speculate about what politics may look like within such a context by deploying Rancière’s political theorisations. We examine how a posthumanist re-configuration of this humanist notion of politics contributes to thinking about, acting for, and living within a rapidly changing climate. Specifically, we make a case for more-than-human political moments using the illustration of the wildness – in the form of a wildfire – breaking free of wilderness and burning the settled lands of human habitation. In doing so, we draw on a relational ontology that re-configures agency and speech as more-than-human.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:disaster, Rancière, relational ontology, politics, wilderness
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Booth, K (Dr Kate Booth)
UTAS Author:Williams, S (Dr Stewart Williams)
ID Code:88958
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-02-21
Last Modified:2018-04-06

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