Featuring an international, multidisciplinary set of contributors – including six researchers from the University of Lapland – this thought-provoking book reimagines established narratives of the Anthropocene to allow differences in regions and contexts to be taken seriously, emphasising the importance of localised and situated knowledge.
Envisaging a narrative of change that renders visible the complex transformations taking place across the globe, the book outlines new and radical ways to address the current environmental crisis in a more sustainable and context-specific manner. It presents empirical studies from various contexts, highlighting the potentiality of non-Western knowledge, concepts and categories as well as recognising the entanglement of humans with other beings and ecosystems. In particular, it offers critical engagement with the debates around the Anthropocene by challenging the dominant techno-rational agenda that often prevails in socio-political and academic discussions.
The book will be crucial reading for researchers and postgraduate students working in fields from human geography and tourism studies to law, public policy and administration, philosophy, politics and organisation studies who are dealing with intersecting issues of environment, sustainability, indigenous rights, space and ethics. It will also be helpful for policymakers and research consultants in leveraging localised solutions to the current ecological crisis.
Edited by Anu Valtonen and Outi Rantala, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland, Finland and Paolo Davide Farah, West Virginia University