The Social Life of Climate Change Models: Anticipating Nature

1st Edition

Kirsten Hastrup, Martin Skrydstrup

Routledge
Published July 3, 2014
Reference - 250 Pages - 25 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138809543 - CAT# Y170911
Series: Routledge Studies in Anthropology

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Summary

Drawing on a combination of perspectives from diverse fields, this volume offers an anthropological study of climate change and the ways in which people attempt to predict its local implications, showing how the processes of knowledge making among lay people and experts are not only comparable but also deeply entangled. Through analysis of predictive practices in a diversity of regions affected by climate change – including coastal India, the Cook Islands, Tibet, and the High Arctic, and various domains of scientific expertise and policy making such as ice core drilling, flood risk modelling, and coastal adaptation – the book shows how all attempts at modelling nature’s course are deeply social, and how current research in "climate" contributes to a rethinking of nature as a multiplicity of modalities that impact social life.

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