Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: Anthropology and Environment Society
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists
Primary Theme: Anthropocene
Secondary Theme: Climate Change
If what Tsing means by precarity is the “failure of the lying promise of modern progress” (Haraway, 2016:37), then this contemporary moment of high modernity is indeed the condition of living precariously. Paying attention to precarity in sites of capitalist climatic ruination helps to illuminate profoundly diverse forms of relational dependence between local and distant human and non-human others. Social critique has been instrumental in bringing into sharp relief unyielding capitalist and colonial processes of capture and dispossession continuing through green technologies and late-liberal discourses of sustainability, adaptation, and resilience (Rademacher, 2011; Reid, 2014; Fairhead, Leach and Scoones, 2012; Lindroth and Sinevaara-Niskanen, 2014; Sovacool, et al. 2014). Motivated by a Gramscian “optimism of the will,” the papers of this panel speak to new modes of resisting the continuation of a modernist conceit and myth of capitalist progress in post-colonial and peri-capitalist landscapes. Drawing from a range of geographic contexts, we strive to illuminate cases that help us to think alternatively about, and present alternatives for, the dominant social project of adaptation that all too often reifies uneven power-relations and forms of oppression through a logic of neoliberal resilience. The collection of these papers engages with theoretical topics such as, “designing otherwise” (Escobar, 2018), “livable collaborations” (Tsing, 2015: 255), “reclaiming the commons” and “alternative economies” (Gibson-Graham, Cameron and Healy, 2013).