Spatializing the Environmental Apocalypse

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Depictions of life in the Anthropocene often envision a future of environmental catastrophe where natural resources have been depleted and the Earth has been ravaged by storms and drought, finally turning into uninhabitable wasteland. The term ‘environmental apocalypse’ has been coined to highlight the similarities between the current environmental condition and biblical descriptions of the end of the world. This chapter shows that notions of environmental apocalypse are strongly related to a modernist understanding of linear time. Through an engagement with postcolonial theology, this chapter argues that a more politicized understanding of the environmental apocalypse comes about when the end of the world is conceived as variably distributed across geographical, social, and material divides in the present. To highlight the importance of spatializing the environmental apocalypse, this chapter introduces examples from the field of biodiversity preservation, specifically, the politics of seeds.
Originele taal-2English
TitelInternational Relations in the Anthropocene
SubtitelNew Agendas, New Agencies and New Approaches
RedacteurenDavid Chandler, Franziska Müller, Delf Rothe
UitgeverijPalgrave MacMillan
Pagina's389-405
Aantal pagina's17
ISBN van elektronische versie978-3-030-53014-3
ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-030-53013-6
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StatusPublished - 21-apr.-2021

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