Reactivating Elements. Chemistry, Ecology, Practice

TitelReactivating Elements. Chemistry, Ecology, Practice
AutorenPapadopoulus Dimitris, Stengers Isabelle, Helmreich Stefan, Dumit Joseph, Schrader Astrid, Masco Joseph, Bresnihan Patrick, Hayden Cori, de la Bellacasa Maria Puig, Choy Tim und Murphy Michelle
HerausgeberInPapadopoulus Dimitris, de la Bellacasa Maria Puig und Myers Natasha
VerlagDuke University Press
ISBN Number9781478014362
SchlagwörterBiochemie, bioscience, Chemie, ecocriticism, elementar, Energie, Erde, Feuer, Industrialisierung, Kolonialismus, Kontrolle, Kulturwissenschaften, Luft, Macht, Material, Matrix Bodies, Mensch, Natur, Naturwissenschaft, Ökologie, Ökosystem, Rassismus, soziale Form, Technologie, Theorie, Umwelt, Umweltzerstörung, Wasser, Wissenschaft

The contributors of Reactivating Elements examine chemicals as they mix with soil, air, water, and fire to shape Earth's troubled ecologies. They invoke the elements with all their ambivalences as chemical categories, material substances, social forms, forces and energies, cosmological entities, and epistemic objects. Engaging with the nonlinear historical significance of elemental thought across chemistry, the biosciences, engineering, physics, science and technology studies, the environmental humanities, ecocriticism, and cultural studies, the contributors examine the relationship between chemistry and ecology, probe the logics that render wind as energy, excavate affective histories of ubiquitous substance such as plastics and radioactive elements, and chart the damage wrought by petrochemical industrialization. The volume illuminates how elements become entangled with power and control, coloniality, racism, and extractive productivism while exploring alternative paths to environmental destruction. In so doing, it rethinks the relationship between the elements and the elemental, human and more-than-human worlds, today's damaged ecosystems and other ecologies to come.


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