Everyday ecocide, toxic dwelling, and the inability to mourn: a speculative response to geographies of extinction

Jones, O, Rigby, K and Williams, L (2020) 'Everyday ecocide, toxic dwelling, and the inability to mourn: a speculative response to geographies of extinction.' Environmental Humanities, 12 (1). pp. 388-405. ISSN 2201-1919

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Abstract

In responding to the spatiotemporally specific geographies of extinction charted in the articles in this special section, this article reflects on the sociocultural factors that inform the ways in which extinction is framed and impede recognition of the enormity of the anthropogenic extinction event in which we are all bound. This article argues that we are living in an era of ecocide, where the degradation of biodiversity and eradication of species go hand-in-hand with the degradation and eradication of nonmodern culture and identity, and it explores some possible reasons why modern society is failing to respond to impending crisis. Fine-grained stories of spatiotemporally specific geographies of extinction can help to counter the logic of colonization and bring everyday ecocide into view. For the particular multispecies communities they concern, they can also feed into the creation of ritual practices of penitential mourning in ways that enable a collective grieving process poised to activate an ecosocial transformation. The authors consider the implications of grief and mourning—and of not mourning—in what can be seen as not only a terrible time but also the end of (lived) time. They conclude with some reflections of local acts of resistance, witnessing, and narrative.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: extinction, ecocide, toxic dwelling, deep time, mourning
Divisions: School of Humanities
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1215/22011919-8142418
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2019 16:31
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:52
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