O Tempora! O Mores! Interrupting the Anthropo-obScene

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We develop the term “the Anthropo-obScene” to show how various discourses on “the Anthropocene” have created a set of stages that disavow certain voices and render some forms of acting (human, non-human, and more-than-human) off-stage. Examples include consensual narratives of adaptive, resilient, and geo-engineered governance, but also more-than-human ontologies that, in spite their purported radicality, could lead to a problematic strengthening of technomanagerial discourse. With the Anthropo-obScene, we seek to interrupt the deepening of “immunological bio-politics” and a politicization of the socio-ecological conundrum we are in, while fully and radically embracing our interdependence with non-humans.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene
Subtitle of host publicationInterruptions and Possibilities
EditorsHenrik Ernstson, Erik Swyngedouw
Place of PublicationLondon & New York
Number of pages57
ISBN (Electronic)9781315210537
ISBN (Print)9781138629196, 9781138629189
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Political theory
  • Democracy
  • Anthropocene
  • Political Ecology
  • Social movements


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