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Comparing Climate Worlds: Theorising across Ethnographic Fields

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Abstract

In this chapter, I discuss the issue of comparison as a road towards new climate knowledge. A point of departure is the notion of a knowledge space, as suggested by David Turnbull. When working with social responses to climate change, such knowledge spaces present themselves as apt analytical objects being both located and transcendent. This renders the unfolding of a particular kind of comparison possible, with special reference to exemplars, understood in Kuhn’s sense as shared examples of puzzle solutions, identified tacitly rather than explicitly. The idea is to demonstrate how ‘climate worlds’ can be seen as comparable spaces of particular puzzle solutions, allowing for new forms of theorising.

Keywords

Climate Change Traditional Ecological Knowledge Oral Tradition Western Science Climate World 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagen KDenmark

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