Rivers of the Anthropocene
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Rivers of the Anthropocene

By Jason M. Kelly (editor)
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Book Description

This exciting volume presents the work and research of the Rivers of the Anthropocene Network, an international collaborative group of scientists, social scientists, humanists, artists, policymakers, and community organizers working to produce innovative transdisciplinary research on global freshwater systems. In an attempt to bridge disciplinary divides, the essays in this volume address the challenge in studying the intersection of biophysical and human sociocultural systems in the age of the Anthropocene, a new geological epoch of humans’ own making. Featuring contributions from authors in a rich diversity of disciplines—from toxicology to archaeology to philosophy— this book is an excellent resource for students and scholars studying both freshwater systems and the Anthropocene.

“Shows how human relationships with river systems changed along with transformations in society and culture. This book compels us to understand the historical perspectives on our relationship with nature that are so important in shaping our attitudes about both the environment and our own societies.” ANIK BHADURI, Executive Director of Future Earth’s Sustainable Water Future Programme and Associate Professor, Griffith University, Australia

JASON M. KELLY is Director of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and Associate Professor of History at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.

PHILIP SCARPINO is Director of the Public History Program and Professor of History at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.

HELEN BERRY is Reader in British History and Dean of Postgraduate Studies at Newcastle University.

JAMES SYVITSKI is Executive Director of the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System and Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder.

MICHEL MEYBECK is Emeritus Senior Scientist at the French National Center for Scientific Research and at the METIS laboratory at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris 6).

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • List of Figures
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Anthropocenes: A Fractured Picture
  • PART ONE. METHODS
  • 2. Ecosystem Service-Based Approaches for Status Assessment of Anthropocene Riverscapes
  • 3. Political Ecology in the Anthropocene: A Case Study of Irrigation Management in the Blue Nile Basin
  • 4. Rivers at the End of the End of Nature: Ethical Trajectories of the Anthropocene Grand Narrative
  • 5. Rivers, Scholars, and Society: A Situation Analysis
  • PART TWO. HISTORIES
  • 6. An Anthropocene Landscape: Drainage Transformed in the English Fenland
  • 7. A Western European River in the Anthropocene: The Seine, 1870–2010
  • 8. Anthropocene World / Anthropocene Waters: A Historical Examination of Ideas and Agency
  • PART THREE. EXPERIENCES
  • 9. The Great Tyne Flood of 1771: Community Responses to an Environmental Crisis in the Early Anthropocene
  • 10. Engineering an Island City-State: A 3D Ethnographic Comparison of the Singapore River and Orchard Road
  • 11. Decoding the River: Artists and Scientists Reveal the Water System of the White River
  • 12. What Is a River? The Chicago River as Hyperobject
  • Bibliography
  • Contributors
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