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29 January 202413:00

Is Politics More-than-Human? How American (local) Government is Created by the Environment

In the discipline of politics, we tend to view the environment along a spectrum of something that humans have to make decisions about protecting; to environmental disasters that limit human action, and require political responses. This talk questions these assumptions, asking to what extent to the nature and structures of our politics are entangled and co-evolving with the environments that we live in, and the kinds of economic opportunities that local geologies, ecologies, and geographies afford. The paper draws on ethnographic research in communities the mountains of southern Appalachia, and in the Cornish gold mining town of Grass Valley, California to explore the extent to which the natural environment, communities, and polities, are inseparably entangled. Full details
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