Title A World of Many Worlds
Author Marisol de la Cadena, Mario Blaser
ISBN 9781478002956
List price GBP 18.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 232
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Duke University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“A World of Many Worlds is one of the most original, forceful, and intellectually exciting statements by critical social theorists in a long time. Readers will be left with the distinct feeling that the epistemic earth has shaken under their feet. Not only that, they will feel better equipped to live in and contribute to building worlds otherwise.”

—Arturo Escobar

“It is not easy not to know in advance, not to make objects from one’s knowledge as subjects. But a genuine heterogeneous pluriverse—i.e., reconstituted worlds from the ruins of extractive, extinctionist, anthropocenic, one-world modernity—requires opening to caring and knowing differently. This book teaches how not to propose one’s own common sense, in order to effect uncommoning and so to be part of reconstituting worlds in which encounters can, in the words of the introduction, become ‘the opportunity for the creation of concepts different from those every participating knower brought with them.’ No one becomes ‘the other,’ but also no one remains only who they were before engaging the difficult, urgent political ecology of practices to craft worlds powerful enough to defeat the Anthropocene.”

—Donna J. Haraway


A World of Many Worlds is a search into the possibilities that may emerge from conversations between indigenous collectives and the study of science’s philosophical production. The contributors explore how divergent knowledges and practices make worlds. They work with difference and sameness, recursion, divergence, political ontology, cosmopolitics, and relations, using them as concepts, methods, and analytics to open up possibilities for a pluriverse: a cosmos composed through divergent political practices that do not need to become the same.

Contributors. Mario Blaser, Alberto Corsín Jiménez, Déborah Danowski, Marisol de la Cadena, John Law, Marianne Lien, Isabelle Stengers, Marilyn Strathern, Helen Verran, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro



Introduction. Pluriverse: Proposals for a World of Many Worlds / Mario Blaser and Marisol de la Cadena

Chapter 1. Opening Up Relations / Marilyn Strathern

Chapter 2. Spiderweb Anthropologies: Ecologies, Infrastructures, Entanglements / Alberto Corsín Jiménez

Chapter 3. The Challenge of Ontological Politics / Isabelle Stengers

Chapter 4. The Politics of Working Cosmologies Together While Keeping Them Separate / Helen Verran

Chapter 5. Denaturalizing Nature / John Law and Marianne Lien

Chapter 6. Humans and Terrans in the Gaia War / Eduardo Viveiros de Castro and Deborah Danowski



About the Editors:

Marisol de la Cadena is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis, and the author of Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice across Andean Worlds, also published by Duke University Press.

Mario Blaser is Associate Professor of Geography and Archaeology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and the author of Storytelling Globalization from the Chaco and Beyond, also published by Duke University Press.

Target Audience:

People interested in Environmental Studies and Ethnology.


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