Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death, and Generations by Deborah Bird RoseExtinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death, and Generations by Deborah Bird Rose

Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death, and Generations

EditorDeborah Bird Rose, Thom van Dooren, Matthew Chrulew

Paperback | May 2, 2017

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Extinction Studies asks what extinction focuses on the entangled ecological and social dimensions of extinction, exploring the ways in which extinction catastrophically interrupts life-giving processes of time, death, and generations. The volume opens up important philosophical questions about our place in, and obligations to, a more-than-human world. Drawing on fieldwork, philosophy, literature, history, and a range of other perspectives, each of the chapters in this book tells a unique extinction story that explores what extinction is, what it means, why it matters-and to whom.

Deborah Bird Rose is adjunct professor of environmental humanities at the University of New South Wales.Thom van Dooren is associate professor of environmental humanities at the University of New South Wales.Matthew Chrulew is a research fellow in the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University.
Title:Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death, and GenerationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.07 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231178816

ISBN - 13:9780231178815

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Cary WolfeIntroduction: Telling Extinction Stories, by Deborah Bird Rose, Thom van Dooren, and Matthew Chrulew"1. Walking with Okami, the Large-Mouthed Pure God, by James Hatley2. Saving the Golden Lion Tamarin, by Matthew Chrulew3. Extinction in a Distant Land: The Question of Elliot's Bird of Paradise, by Rick De Vos4. Monk Seals at the Edge: Blessings in a Time of Peril, by Deborah Bird Rose5. Encountering Leatherbacks in Multispecies Knots of Time, by Michelle Bastian6. Spectral Crows in Hawai'i: Conservation and the Work of Inheritance, by Thom van DoorenAfterword: It Is an Entire World That Has Disappeared, by Vinciane DespretContributorsIndex

Editorial Reviews

Emerging from the rich interdisciplinary work of the Extinction Studies Group, this important book focuses on particular critters, people, and places to ask in depth how the biocultural processes of extinction take shape, and who bears the burdens. This book insists on listening attentively to stories in the biologies as well as in the (more than) human sciences. The book develops in rich specificity what "entangled significance" means in an area prone to phrases like "mass extinction event," which unravel into abstract accounts that are at once too big and too small to hold the fleshly meanings and processes of actual collective death. Ethical understanding emerges not from first principles but from inhabiting living and dying on the edges and ledges of extinction for particular beings and kinds of beings. "Specific disappearing" and "multiply-storied" worlds are the themes, and they are searingly urgent.