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The Sedanthropocene: Nomadism, Ecology, Hypernormalization: Toward Reimagining the Holocene

Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3, Canada
Societies 2019, 9(1), 21; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc9010021
Received: 14 December 2018 / Revised: 23 February 2019 / Accepted: 6 March 2019 / Published: 14 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Justice at the End of Our World)
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Abstract

The various (s)cenes of Anthropocene discourse are attempts to conceptualize the problem of anthropogenic global warming and to better understand the problem with a view to possible solutions. This paper explores, in a series of theoretic vignettes, ways that these attempts are too myopic and narrow, and tend to ignore the possibility that the most fundamental levels of social organization might be the very conditions under which other ‘cenes’ can function at all. Specifically, Jason Moore’s Capitalocene describes and explains many symptoms of a world enraptured by capital. However, the beginning of the Holocene marks an historical stage wherein humans changed their thoughts and behaviours in such a way as to make something like capitalism possible at all. The dualism that Moore cites as fundamental to the Capitalocene did not begin with Descartes, it began with anatomically modern humans circa 10,000 years ago. View Full-Text
Keywords: Anthropocene; dualism; colonialism; capitalism; nomadism; sedentism; ecology; global warming; climate change; hypernormalization Anthropocene; dualism; colonialism; capitalism; nomadism; sedentism; ecology; global warming; climate change; hypernormalization
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Selsky, D. The Sedanthropocene: Nomadism, Ecology, Hypernormalization: Toward Reimagining the Holocene. Societies 2019, 9, 21.

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