• Animate Planet: Making Visceral Sense of Living in a High-Tech Ecologically Damaged World

    Pages: 264
    Illustrations: 24 illustrations
    Sales/Territorial Rights: World
    Series: ANIMA
    Series Editor(s): Mel  Y. Chen, Jasbir  K. Puar
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  • Acknowledgments. Generosity and Nothing But  viii

    Introduction. Animating Intimacies, Reanimating a World  1

    1. Biosecurity and Surveillance in the Food Chain  37

    2. The Unwanted Intimacy of Radiation Exposure in Japan  71

    Climate Change
    3. Climate Change, Slippery on the Skin  105

    4. The Greatest Show on Parched Earth  135

    Knowing What We KNow, Why Are We Stuck?
    5. Political Ecologies of the Precarious  177

    Notes  199

    References  217

    Index  243
  • "Animate Planet luminously draws out how our bodies, ourselves, our foods, our waters, our chemicals, our devices, our radioisotopes, our climate, and our planet are all animated, for good and ill, by their ecological intimacies with one another. Kath Weston brilliantly shows us that such animacies are signs of today’s globally uneven spacetime and require a reinvigorated, and fully political, animism—an exciting analytic that this book dazzlingly realizes." — Stefan Helmreich, author of Sounding the Limits of Life: Essays in the Anthropology of Biology and Beyond

    "Once again Kath Weston masterfully upturns the lexicon of everyday life, this time by illuminating intimacy not only as a psychic or spatial relation, but as ecologically lived. This is a humbling and beautiful book that tells stories of inescapably cohabited destruction in witty, clever, but no less tragic terms." — Jasbir K. Puar, author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times

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    In Animate Planet Kath Weston shows how new intimacies between humans, animals, and their surroundings are emerging as people attempt to understand how the high-tech ecologically damaged world they have made is remaking them, one synthetic chemical, radioactive isotope, and megastorm at a time. Visceral sensations, she finds, are vital to this process, which yields a new animism in which humans and "the environment" become thoroughly entangled. In case studies on food, water, energy, and climate from the United States, India, and Japan, Weston approaches the new animism as both a symptom of our times and an analytic with the potential to open paths to new and forgotten ways of living.

    About The Author(s)

    Kath Weston is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia. A Guggenheim Fellow and two-time winner of the Ruth Benedict Prize, Weston is the author of several books, including Traveling Light: On the Road with America's PoorGender in Real Time: Power and Transience in a Visual Age; and Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship.
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