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Navigating Bulkeley’s challenge on climate politics and human geography

Jones, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-7340-6499 (2019). Navigating Bulkeley’s challenge on climate politics and human geography. Dialogues in Human Geography, 9(1), pp. 18-21. doi: 10.1177/2043820619829921


Whilst agreeing with the major tenets of Harriet Bulkeley’s timely and powerful argument for geographers (and social scientists more generally) to engage with climate change, this response raises three provocative challenges that arise from this intervention: the degree to which the epistemological and theoretical basis to these arguments are radical, the nature of the engagement problem in the discipline and, perhaps most importantly, how these arguments can be translated to a ‘progressive politics’. The response argues that there is much further to go in explaining the utility of socio-natural understanding of climate change if those beyond the social sciences and in the wider realm of policy and politics are to be convinced of the power of the approach being advocated. It also argues that geographers are well-positioned to develop the bolder and more interdisciplinary approach needed to achieve the kind of ambitious shift in thinking Bulkeley seeks.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication by SAGE in the journal 'Dialogues in Human Geography.'
Publisher Keywords: climate change, nature/ society, radical theory, progressive politics
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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