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Filippo Bertoni

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Chapter 46: Global Worming: Politics of Nature and Earth(Worm) Systems

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Global Worming: Politics of Nature and Earth(Worm) Systems
Global Worming: Politics of Nature and Earth(Worm) Systems
Filippo Bertoni
Introduction

Ecological concerns are increasingly at the center of social scientists’ research agendas. From climate change, to pollution, to uncontrolled resource extraction, all the way to biodiversity loss, the so-called 6th mass extinction, and the anthropocene, environmental questions reach out to every locale, and enwrap the settings social sciences had traditionally gotten used to in a pervasive web that challenges disciplinary boundaries. Ecosystems are interconnected, scientists insist, and even the smallest thing can turn out to weigh heavily on the workings of the planet. Ecological concerns work as some sort of funnel, collecting together the most diverse issues, fields, methods, and interests, and bringing them to bear on the ...

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