In this essay, I demonstrate how the ecological concept of “scaling” carries potential to animate critical logics in the Anthropocene. I argue that scaling can expose unexpected linkages across space and time that help to denaturalize particular ecological formations as entangled, rather than separate. I demonstrate the critical ecological potential of scaling by performing it rhizomatically, weaving across scales of space and time while juxtaposing theoretical concepts with my experiences of life as a resident in the urban desert landscape of Phoenix, AZ. This ecology ultimately reveals how climate change acts as a complex necropolitic of the Anthropocene.
Scaling the Necropolitical Anthropocene
Tyler S. Rife is a PhD candidate in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. Correspondence to: Tyler S. Rife, Hugh Downs School of Communication, Arizona State University, PO Box 871205, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Tyler S. Rife; Scaling the Necropolitical Anthropocene. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 15 December 2020; 9 (4): 77–91. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.4.77
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