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Introduction to the special issue on world-systems analysis and the Anthropocene

Sklair, Leslie and Murphy, Michael Warren (2020) Introduction to the special issue on world-systems analysis and the Anthropocene. Journal of World-Systems Research, 26 (2). 175 - 183. ISSN 1076-156X

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Identification Number: 10.5195/jwsr.2020.1021


Across the social sciences and humanities, and in diverse forms of popular media around the world, discourse about the Anthropocene is proliferating. From the plastic particles found in deep sea trenches to the unfolding of Earth’s sixth mass extinction, among many other indicators—notably anthropogenic climate change—it is clear that human impacts may have irreversibly perturbed the planet. This special issue sets out to deepen and broaden the conversation from a world-systems perspective. Building upon a long tradition of scholarship deploying world-systems theory to understand global environmental change, we wish to explore the past, present, and future of the world-system with/in the Anthropocene. In this introduction we first offer prefatory remarks about the Anthropocene (by no means a universally accepted concept) that are meant to help orient readers to debates around the Anthropocene before turning to a summary of the contributions and the themes that emerge in this Special Issue.

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Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2020 15:30
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2024 01:48

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