The Nordia Geographical Publications Theme issue for 2021 seeks to shift focus from the broad universal thinking of the Anthropocene-Capitalocene to multi-scalar and mid-level concepts that enable a better understanding of socio-environmental changes. This year’s Theme Issue: Re-worlding: Pluriversal Politics in the Anthropocene, draws on the ontological turn in social theory seeking to highlight the relational character of politics by paying attention to the diverse ways of being, existing, inhabiting and building worlds.
Concepts like Conviviality and Buen Vivir in Latin America, Degrowth in Europe and North America and a struggles for the commons elsewhere have highlighted these modes of transition beyond the Anthropocene towards a cosmopolitan or pluriversal process of Re-worlding (Salleh, 2020). In this light, the problems of our times are not based on a lack of development, progress or economic growth, “but in the conception of development itself as a linear, unidirectional, material, and financial growth, driven by commoditization and capitalist markets” (Kothari, et al. 2018: xxii). This year the Theme Issue invites authors to contribute with conceptualizations, empirical examples and reflections form the middle-ground that seek to contribute to the pluriversal and ontological politics in the Anthropocene.
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