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Organizing in the Anthropocene

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Organization
Issue number4
Volume25
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)455-471
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date17/07/18
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

The functioning of the biosphere and the Earth as a whole is being radically disrupted due to human activities, evident in climate change, toxic pollution and mass species extinction. Financialization and exponential growth in production, consumption and population now threaten our planet’s life-support systems. These profound changes have led Earth System scientists to argue we have now entered a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene. In this introductory article to the Special Issue, we first set out the origins of the Anthropocene and some of the key debates
around this concept within the physical and social sciences. We then explore five key organizing
narratives that inform current economic, technological, political and cultural understandings of
the Anthropocene and link these to the contributions in this Special Issue. We argue that the
Anthropocene is the crucial issue for organizational scholars to engage with in order to not only
understand on-going anthropogenic problems but also help create alternative forms of organizing
based on realistic Earth–human relations.

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Organization, ? (?), 2018, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2018 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Organization page: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/ORG on SAGE Journals Online: http://journals.sagepub.com/