The Anthropocene exit : Reconciling discursive tensions on the new geological epoch

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Heikkurinen , P , Ruuska , T , Wilen , K & Ulvila , M 2019 , ' The Anthropocene exit : Reconciling discursive tensions on the new geological epoch ' , Ecological Economics , vol. 164 , 106369 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.106369

Title: The Anthropocene exit : Reconciling discursive tensions on the new geological epoch
Author: Heikkurinen, Pasi; Ruuska, Toni; Wilen, Kristoffer; Ulvila, Marko
Contributor organization: Department of Economics and Management
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2019-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 9
Belongs to series: Ecological Economics
ISSN: 0921-8009
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.106369
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/332176
Abstract: This article aims to reconcile tensions around 'the Anthropocene' by reviewing and integrating the discourses on the new geological epoch. It is argued that the Anthropocene discourses based on natural and social sciences are complementary. The anthropogenic epoch detrimental to the Earth's biodiversity, however, does not reduce to any discourse. Instead of calling to reject discourses that do not accept this limitation of language or alternatively do not show sensitivity to contextual matters, the article demonstrates how different Anthropocene discourses can be combined. The study concludes that in order to exit the epoch, anthropocentric discourses on the Anthropocene remain ineffective unless complemented by non-anthropocentric discourses.
Subject: Anthropocene
Anthropocentric
Anthropogenic
Discourse
Growth
Productivism
CLIMATE-CHANGE
FOUNDATIONS
TECHNOLOGY
ECONOMICS
CRITIQUE
PROGRESS
BAD
511 Economics
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: acceptedVersion


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