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Re-envisioning the Anthropocene Ocean (Paperback)

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The world is at a critical moment, when humans must grapple with thinking about the planet’s oceans from ecological, physical, social, and legal perspectives. Warming ocean temperatures, changing currents, cultural displacement, Indigenous resilience, melting polar ice, habitat loss, are but a few of the global issues reflected in the planetary ocean as a front line in the unfolding drama of climate change. Re-envisioning the Anthropocene Ocean brings together leading scientists, lawyers, humanists, and Indigenous voices to tell of the ocean’s precarious position in the twenty-first century. The contributors affirm that the planetary ocean is crucial to our well-being and overdue for a positive change in public action to enhance the world’s resilience to climate change, ocean acidification, and other stressors. These essays engage that important work of positively re-imagining the ocean in the Anthropocene.

This volume brings diverse perspectives to the planet’s ocean future. New essays are contextualized with narratives woven by earlier ocean writers, showing readers how past perceptions of the ocean have led us to where we are today in terms of both problems and potential new visions. In this one volume, readers experience both the history of humanity’s multi- and interdisciplinary interactions with the ocean, find new perspectives on that history, and discover ideas for looking forward.

About the Author

Robin Kundis Craig is the Robert C. Packard Trustee Chair in Law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. Her research areas include climate change adaptation and ocean and coastal law. She has authored, coauthored, or edited twelve books, including The End of Sustainability: Resilience and the Future of Environmental Governance in the Anthropocene and Comparative Ocean Governance: Place-Based Protections in an Era of Climate Change.

Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy is director of the environmental humanities graduate program at the University of Utah and professor in the Honors College. He is the author of three books focusing on environmental literature: Contact: Mountain Climbing and Environmental Thinking; Green Modernism: Nature and the English Novel; and Conrad and Nature.

Contributions by Shaul Bassi, Abigail Benesh, Brenda Bowen, Nathaniel Broadhurst, Taylor Cunningham, Kathryn K. Davies, Christopher Finlayson, Jeremy B. C. Jackson, Steve Mentz, Thomas Swensen, and Tierney Thys.

Praise For…

“The book makes a unique contribution in bringing together thinkers across a wide range of disciplines, from oceanography to law to literary criticism. There are a number of new voices contributing insights into ocean management, ocean protection, and ocean narrative.”
—Anastasia M. Telesetsky, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
“This collection is unique and innovative in coordinating the knowledge of scholars from the sciences and the humanities, as well as notably in highlighting the importance of a legal perspective. The writing is engaging and replete with pithy citations along with memorable, helpful details. Re-envisioning the Anthropocene Ocean is at once enjoyable, sobering, and thought-provoking.”
—Margaret Cohen, Stanford University

Product Details
ISBN: 9781647691011
ISBN-10: 164769101X
Publisher: University of Utah Press
Publication Date: April 25th, 2023
Pages: 344
Language: English