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Earth System governmentality. Reflections on science in the Anthropocene
University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
2009 (English)In: Global Environmental Change, ISSN 0959-3780, E-ISSN 1872-9495, Vol. 19, no 1, p. 7-13Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines Earth System Science as a novel approach to global environmental change research. Drawing upon Michel Foucault's governmentality concept, the paper opens up the Earth System metaphor to political analysis and asks what it does to our understanding of nature and society as a governable domain. We trace the scientific practices that have produced the Earth System as a thinkable analytical category back to the International Geophysical Year in 1957. We also identify 'the Anthropocene' as a central and yet ambiguous system of thought for Earth System Science that harbours different strategies for sustainability in terms of (1) the persons over whom government is to be exercised; (2) the distribution of tasks and actions between authorities; and (3) contrasting ideals or principles for how government should be directed.

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2009. Vol. 19, no 1, p. 7-13
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Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management; Social Sciences, Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-1938DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2008.10.002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-1938DiVA, id: diva2:308986
Available from: 2010-04-06 Created: 2010-04-06 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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