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Planetary Dispossession: A Reading List

by Tiana Reid, 2019-20 IRWGS Graduate Fellow

Planetary Dispossession: A Reading List

We lived in, as, and with dispossession long before climate became a crisis. But what new forms of dispossession lay ahead? Below, Kath Weston, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, shares her references from “Planetary Dispossession: Ecological Inheritance and the Last Generation,” the first lecture in the yearlong Extinction Thresholds series. Professor Weston’s critique took up questions of futurity—the long pulse of generations, the transmission model of inheritance, capital’s drive to global accumulation. What if things don’t carry on? What if we don’t persist? These are questions some populations—most populations—have  asked throughout history.

Please join us November 13, 2019 for the next lecture in the series, “Toward an Environmental Theory of Early Sexuality,” by Greta LaFleur, Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies at Yale University. The spring semester will include talks by Juno Salazar Parreña, Bhanu Kapil, and a roundtable workshop with Julietta Singh.


Adam-Bradford, A., Tomkins, M., Perkins, C., Hunt, S., and Millican, J.  2017.  Transforming Land, Transforming Lives: Greening Innovation and Urban Agriculture in the Context of Forced Displacement.  2nd ed.  Dallas, TX: Lemon Tree Trust.

Alaimo, Stacy.  2016.  Exposed: Environmental Politics and Pleasures in Posthuman Times.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Beioley, Kate.  2018.  “Millenial Money: Taking the Fear Factor Out of Investing Even If You Don’t Have Much to Spare.”  Financial Times “FT Money” section (May 12): 4.

Bollier, David.  2014.  Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons.  Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers.

Carsten, Janet.  2000.  “Introduction: Cultures of Relatedness.”  In Janet Carsten, ed., Cultures of Relatedness: New Approaches to the Study of Kinship, pp. 1-36.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Connolly, William E.  2017.  Facing the Planetary: Entangled Humanism and the Politics of Swarming.  Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Edwards, Jeanette and Marilyn Strathern.  2000.  “Including Our Own.”  In Janet Carsten, ed., Cultures of Relatedness: New Approaches to the Study of Kinship, pp. 149-166.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

“Environment is a Story of Everything and Everyone: G. Satya Srinivas speaks to Down to Earth.”  2017.  Down to Earth (Oct. 1-15): 57.

Goody, Jack.  1962.  Death, Property, and the Ancestors: A Study of the Mortuary Customs of the LoDagaa of West Africa.  Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Hann, Chris.  2008.  “Reproduction and Inheritance: Goody Revisited.”  Annual Review of Anthropology 37: 145-158.

_________, ed.  1998.  “Introduction: The Embeddedness of Property.”  In C. M. Hann, ed., Property Relations: Renewing the Anthropological Tradition, pp. 1-47.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Harvey, David.  2005.  A Brief History of Neoliberalism.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Hawkins, Gay.  Gay Hawkins.  2010.  “Plastic Materialities.”  In Bruce Braun and Sarah J. Whatmore, eds., Political Matter: Technoscience, Democracy, and Public Life.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Lamb, Sarah.  2015.  “Generation in Anthropology.”  In James D. Wright, ed., International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed., Vol. 9, pp. 853-856.  Oxford: Elsevier.

__________.  2010.  “Rethinking the Generation Gap: Age and Agency in Middle-Class Kolkata.”  Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts 4(2): 83-97.

Larsen, Soren C. and Jay T. Johnson.  2017.  Being Together in Place: Indigenous Coexistence in a More Than Human World.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Maine, Henry Sumner.  1986.  Ancient Law: Its Connection with the Early History of Society, and Its Relation to Modern Ideas.  10th ed.  Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Mannheim, Karl.  2007.  Essays on the Sociology of Knowledge: Collected Works. Vol. V.  New York: Routledge.

Masco, Joseph.  2014.  The Theater of Operations: National Security Affect from the Cold War to the War on Terror.  Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Messeri, Lisa.  2016.  Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds.  Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Nelson, Glenn.  2016.  “What If I’m Not White? A Former Sports Writer Tries to Find a Place for Himself in the Outdoors.”  High Country News (June 27),, accessed June 9, 2017.

Patterson, Thomas C.  2009.  Karl Marx, Anthropologist.  New York: Berghahn.

Politi, James and Davide Ghiglione.  2016.  “Italy’s Banks Groan Under Weight of Hardship: One Tuscan Woman’s Story of Her Post-Crisis Inability to Pay Back €800,000 Loan Is Emblematic of a Far Wider Problem.”  Financial Times (July 26): 3.

Pratt, Mary Louise.  2007.  Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation.  2nd ed.  New York: Routledge.

Ramaswamy, Sumathi.  2017.  Terrestrial Lessons: The Conquest of the World as Globe.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Robertson, John A.  1994.   Children of Choice: Freedom and the New Reproductive Technologies.  Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Rutherford, Danilyn.  2015.  “Kinship and Catastrophe: Global Warming and the Rhetoric of Descent.”  In Susan McKinnon and Fenella Cannell, eds., Vital Relations: Modernity and the Persistent Life of Kinship, pp. 261-282.  Santa Fe, NM: School of American Research Press.

Strathern, Marilyn.  1998.  “Divisions of Interest and Languages of Ownership.”  In C. M. Hann, ed., Property Relations: Renewing the Anthropological Tradition, pp. 214-232.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Tsing, Anna.  2015.  The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins.  Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Tsing, Anna, Heather Swanson, Elain Gan, and Nils Bubandt, eds.  2017.  Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Monsters of the Anthropocene.  Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press.

Turner, Fred.  2006.  From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Verdery, Katherine.  2003.  The Vanishing Hectare: Property and Value in Postsocialist Transylvania.  Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

_______________.  1998.  “Property and Power in Transylvania’s Decollectivization.”  In C. M. Hann, ed., Property Relations: Renewing the Anthropological Tradition, pp. 160-180.  Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press.

West, Paige.  2016.  Dispossession and the Environment: Rhetoric and Inequality in Papua New Guinea.  New York: Columbia University Press.

Whyte, Kyle Powys.  2017. “Our Ancestors’ Dystopia Now: Indigenous Conservation and the Anthropocene.”  In Ursula K. Heise, Jon Christensen, and Michelle Niemann, eds., The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities, pp. 206-215.  New York: Routledge.

Yanagisako, Sylvia.  2002.  Producing Culture and Capital: Family Firms in Italy.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

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