The Politics of Earth Stewardship in the Uneven Anthropocene

  • Laura OgdenEmail author
  • Nik Heynen
  • Ulrich Oslender
  • Paige West
  • Karim-Aly Kassam
  • Paul Robbins
  • Francisca Massardo
  • Ricardo Rozzi
Part of the Ecology and Ethics book series (ECET, volume 2)


The Anthropocene is not only an epoch of anthropogenic dominance of the Earth’s ecosystems, but also an epoch characterized by new forms of environmental governance, institutions, and uneven development. Following the literature in political ecology, we are calling these new forms of environmental governance, “global assemblages.” A key argument from a political ecological perspective is that socio-ecological changes historically disproportionately impact communities in the Global South, and minority and low-income communities in the Global North. While global assemblages are powerful mechanisms of socio-ecological change, we demonstrate the ways transnational networks of grassroots organizations can challenge their negative social and environmental impacts, and thus foster socio-ecological resiliency.


Global assemblages Political ecology Uneven development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Ogden
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nik Heynen
    • 2
  • Ulrich Oslender
    • 3
  • Paige West
    • 4
  • Karim-Aly Kassam
    • 5
  • Paul Robbins
    • 6
  • Francisca Massardo
    • 7
    • 8
  • Ricardo Rozzi
    • 9
    • 8
    • 10
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  3. 3.Department of Global and Sociocultural StudiesFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  4. 4.Department of AnthropologyBarnard College and Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  5. 5.Department of Natural Resources, College of Agriculture and LifeSciencesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  6. 6.Nelson Institute for Environmental StudiesUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  7. 7.Universidad de MagallanesPuerto WilliamsChile
  8. 8.Institute of Ecology and BiodiversitySantiagoChile
  9. 9.Department of Philosophy and Religion StudiesUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA
  10. 10.Universidad de MagallanesPunta ArenasChile

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