Overheating

Overheating : An Anthropology of Accelerated Change

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The world is overheated. Too full and too fast; uneven and unequal. It is the age of the Anthropocene, of humanity's indelible mark upon the planet. In short, it is globalisation - but not as we know it.In this groundbreaking book, Thomas Hylland Eriksen breathes new life into the discussion around global modernity, bringing an anthropologist's approach to bear on the three interrelated crises of environment, economy and identity. He argues that although these crises are global in scope, they are perceived and responded to locally, and that contradictions abound between the standardising forces of information-age global capitalism and the socially embedded nature of people and local practices.Carefully synthesising the ethnographic and comparative methods of anthropology with macrosocial and historical material, Overheating offers an innovative new perspective on issues including energy use, urbanisation, deprivation, human (im)mobility, and the spread of interconnected, wireless information technology.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745336396
  • 9780745336398
  • 2,187,883

About Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and currently President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA). He is the author of numerous books, including Ethnicity and Nationalism, A History of Anthropology, Small Places, Large Issues, Tyranny of the Moment, What is Anthropology? and Fredrik Barth, all available from Pluto Press.show more

Table of contents

Preface 1. Le monde est trop plein 2. A conceptual inventory 3. Energy 4. Mobility 5. Cities 6. Waste 7. Information overload 8. Clashing scales: Understanding overheating Notes Bibliography Indexshow more

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