Political Geology

Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life

  • Adam Bobbette
  • Amy Donovan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Adam Bobbette, Amy Donovan
    Pages 1-34
  3. Political Geologies of Knowledge

  4. Amodern Political Geologies

  5. Political Geologies of the Future

  6. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345
    2. Adam Bobbette, Amy Donovan
      Pages 347-371
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 373-379

About this book


This book builds on the enthusiasm for the geological generated by the Anthropocene but expand beyond it in three ways. First, it will probe deeper into the politics, history, and contemporary practices of the geological sciences as a way of thinking, representing, and communicating the geos. This will open up the history of the earth sciences as a science that has been fundamentally imbricated with politics and that its politics has been one of making the geological sensible. Second, it will consider in detail geologies that are volatile and vulnerable and that because of this are subject to practices of governance. Finally, it will multiply the tradition of geological thought in the sciences by considering subaltern, amodern, vernacular, and counter traditions of geological practice and science and its political resonances. This volume will consider these three frameworks through essays historical, ethnographic and conceptual, mindful of the richness of empirical detail and the innovative consequences of looking at the intersections of geology and politics.  

The book brings together key thinkers on geological politics and political geology as well as emerging topics in human and cultural geography. It will include ten clearly structured chapters,  and will seek to solidify a field of inquiry that is of interest to geographers, philosophers of science, anthropologists and sociologists.


Political geology political ecology Anthropocene history of sciences geology human-geological interactions Geomorphological Techniques Geo-politics Geopower non-Western theories of geology ‘geostory’ cultural geography human geography Amodern Political Geology magmatic politics climate change carbon footprint

Editors and affiliations

  • Adam Bobbette
    • 1
  • Amy Donovan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of Cambridge CambridgeUK
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of Cambridge CambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-98188-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-98189-5
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