Title Savage Ecology
Subtitle War and Geopolitics at the End of the World
Author Jairus Victor Grove
ISBN 9781478004844
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 368
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Duke University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“In Savage Ecology Jairus Victor Grove gives us a weirdly hopeful eco-pessimism. ‘We broke the planet,’ he writes, and ‘now it is our planet.’ Agree or not, the breadth of his archive (neuro-torture, algorithmic warfare, drone strikes, and cybernetic nation-building) and audacity of his thinking (biopolitics is now ‘almost quaint,’ he says, given the geopolitics of the Anthropocene) are simply exhilarating. Your thinking cannot survive this book unchanged. Fortunately, Grove says, ‘the end of the world is never the end of everything’ (though it may well be the end of us).”

—Bonnie Honig, author of Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair


“What Beck did for risk society, Hardt and Negri for empire, and Barad for technoscience,
Jairus Victor Grove does brilliantly for global violence, delivering an ecology of warfare that is not only a corrosive critique of the three horsemen of our now daily apocalypse—geopolitics, biopolitics, and cybernetics—but a creative strategy for sustaining life now and thereafter. Grove is a philosopher with a hammer, writer with a stiletto, and artist with a spray can.”

—James Der Derian, Michael Hintze Chair of International Security Studies, the University of Sydney


Jairus Victor Grove contends that we live in a world made by war. In Savage Ecology he offers an ecological theory of geopolitics that argues that contemporary global crises are better understood when considered within the larger history of international politics. Infusing international relations with the theoretical interventions of fields ranging from new materialism to political theory, Grove shows how political violence is the principal force behind climate change, mass extinction, slavery, genocide, extractive capitalism, and other catastrophes. Grove analyzes a variety of subjects—from improvised explosive devices and drones to artificial intelligence and brain science—to outline how geopolitics is the violent pursuit of a way of living that comes at the expense of others. Pointing out that much of the damage being done to the earth and its inhabitants stems from colonialism, Grove suggests that the Anthropocene may be better described by the term Eurocene. The key to changing the planet’s trajectory, Grove proposes, begins by acknowledging both the earth-shaping force of geopolitical violence and the demands apocalypses make for fashioning new ways of living.





Aphorisms for a New Realism


Part I. The Great Homogenization

Chapter 1. The Anthropocene as a Geopolitical Fact

Chapter 2. War as a Form of Life

Chapter 3. From Exhaustion to Annihilation: A Martial Ecology of the Eurocene


Part II. Operational Spaces

Chapter 4. Bombs: An Insurgency of Things

Chapter 5. Blood: Vital Logistics

Chapter 6. Brains: We Are Not Who We Are

Chapter 7. Three Images of Transformation as Homogenization

Part III. Must We Persist to Continue?

Chapter 8. Apocalypse as a Theory of Change

Chapter 9. Freaks or the Incipience of Other Forms of Life

Conclusion. Ratio feritas: From Critical Responsiveness to Making New Forms of Life

The End: Visions of Los Angeles, California, 2061




About the Author:

Jairus Victor Grove is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Hawai‘i Research Center for Future Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

Target Audience:

This book offers an ecological theory of geopolitics that argues that contemporary global crises are better understood when considered within the larger history of international politics. It is helpful for people interested in environmental studies & political science.


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