Inhuman Nature
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Inhuman Nature
Sociable Life on a Dynamic Planet



© 2011 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The relationship between social thought and earth processes is an oddly neglected part of the social sciences.

This exciting book offers to make good the deficit by exploring how human activity and planetary processes impact upon each other. The book:

• Provides a much needed in-depth inquiry into the volatile relationship between human life and the physical earth

• Considers the social and political implications of consistently thinking of the earth as a dynamic planet

• Asks what we can learn from natural catastrophes and from those who have lived through them

• Offers an inter-disciplinary perspective bringing together insights from sociology, geography, philosophy and earth / life sciences.

The result is a landmark work that will be of interest to readers across the social sciences and humanities as well as environmental studies and disaster studies.

 
Introduction
 
The Earth in Physical and Social Thought
 
Ways to Make a World: From Relational Materiality to Radical Asymmetry
 
After the Tsunami: Vulnerability on a Volatile Planet
 
Quaking: The 1755 Lisbon Disaster and the Modern Subject
 
Justice and Abrupt Climate Change
 
Hurricane Katrina and the Origins of Community
 
'Burning for the Other': Colonial Encounters on a Planet of Fire
 
Extending Hospitality: Global Mobility and Journeys in Deep Time

Nigel Clark offers in this book a unique position, and radical, on the links between human and non-human to question the contemporary "environmental crisis". The ambitious question the author asks is: How to live with others and things in this context of profound insecurity? ...Above all, this book is incredibly stimulating.

Séverine Durand, Université de Grenoble- UMR Pacte
Journal Revue d'Anthropologie des Connaissances

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Chapter 1: The Earth in Physical and Social Thought


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ISBN: 9780761957249

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