• Sarah MarakEmail author


This chapter situates the concept of the Anthropocene in a broad disciplinary spectrum in order to show how it has been used to address some issues of geological and environmental concern while ignoring others. While generally referring to questions of human agency, the term veils whose agency and whose vulnerability, ultimately, are involved in the human activity shaping the planet.


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  1. 1.Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany

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