Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene

Staying with the Trouble Making Kin in the Chthulucene In the midst of spiraling ecological devastation multispecies feminist theorist Donna J Haraway offers provocative new ways to reconfigure our relations to the earth and all its inhabitants She esche

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  • Title: Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene
  • Author: Donna J. Haraway
  • ISBN: 9780822362142
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the midst of spiraling ecological devastation, multispecies feminist theorist Donna J Haraway offers provocative new ways to reconfigure our relations to the earth and all its inhabitants She eschews referring to our current epoch as the Anthropocene, preferring to conceptualize it as what she calls the Chthulucene, as it aptly and fully describes our epoch as onIn the midst of spiraling ecological devastation, multispecies feminist theorist Donna J Haraway offers provocative new ways to reconfigure our relations to the earth and all its inhabitants She eschews referring to our current epoch as the Anthropocene, preferring to conceptualize it as what she calls the Chthulucene, as it aptly and fully describes our epoch as one in which the human and nonhuman are inextricably linked in tentacular practices The Chthulucene, Haraway explains, requires sym poiesis, or making with, rather than auto poiesis, or self making Learning to stay with the trouble of living and dying together on a damaged earth will prove conducive to the kind of thinking that would provide the means to building livable futures Theoretically and methodologically driven by the signifier SF string figures, science fact, science fiction, speculative feminism, speculative fabulation, so far Staying with the Trouble further cements Haraway s reputation as one of the most daring and original thinkers of our time.

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    1. A long time ago, Ursula K. Le Guin wrote a story. Its title was a mouthful: "The Author of Acacia Seeds and Other Extracts from the Journal of Therolinguistics." The book looked forward to later developments in science that identified communication in plants--we're living in that future right now--and an even more distant time: "And with them, or after them, may there not come that even bolder adventurer--the first geolinguist, who, ignoring the delicate, transient lyrics of the lichen, will rea [...]

    2. I spend a lot of time looking for books like this one: books that point towards the new way of life that the earth so desperately needs. This is a tremendously inspiring read for anyone interested in the epochal changes confronting our world as climate change and ecological ruin take hold. How should we become, in the face of all that is gone and all that is coming? This book is a wonderful, provocative resource for thinking through this profound challenge.

    3. If the Chthulucene had a hallmark preposition, it would be beside. Donna Haraway, best known for her Cyborg Manifesto and When Species Meet, extends her call to learn to get on together in Staying with the Trouble. Drawing from the Greek roots khthon (earth) and kainos (time), Haraway coins Chthulucene as an alternative to the monikers Anthropocene or Capitalocene as labels for these turbulent times. The Chthulucene is both marked by an attentiveness to the earthly bodies around us, human and no [...]

    4. Uwielbiam Haraway, jej styl i wyobraźnię. Czytanie jej to przyjemność i przygoda. Nie jestem aż tak wielką fanką Manifestu Cyborgini, bo widzę, jak ta koncepcja połyka własny ogon, jej rewolucyjny potencjał został wchłonięty przez popkulturę i przerobiony w seksistowskie obrazy cyberpunku. Ale Manifest Gatunków Stowarzyszonych jest otwierającym oczy doświadczeniem i etyczną wykładnią bycia w świecie, o którym się fenomenologom nie śniło, a już na pewno nie tym, którzy [...]

    5. I love the argument but feel in order to have an impact it must be more direct. John Gray makes a very similar point and can do what you find in this entire book in about 5 pages. That being said, spread out as the prose is it is very well crafted.

    6. Absolutely essential for anyone doing regular science/STS (like all of Haraway's work) and if a sentence like "Chthonic ones romp in multicritter humus but have no truck with the sky-gazing Homo" doesn't make you want to read it, I don't know what will.

    7. Academic dissertation twaddle. The language is verbose without saying much between paragraphs. It's elitist by way of vocabulary and jargon.

    8. " there an inflection point of consequence that changes the name of the “game” of life on earth for everybody and everything? It’s more than climate change; it’s also extraordinary burdens of toxic chemistry, mining, nuclear pollution, depletion of lakes and rivers under and above ground, ecosystem simplification, vast genocides of people and other critters, et cetera, et cetera, in systemically linked patterns that threaten major system collapse after major system collapse after major s [...]

    9. This book is comparatively simple for Donna Haraway, which means that it is only substantially dense, complex, and demanding, rather than ridiculously so. It is also completely, mind-changingly brilliant.Through hordes of examples and ways of thinking, Haraway makes a case for neither denying the ravages of humanity and especially capitalism on marginalized peoples, wild and domesticated animals, and the planet, nor forging forward to "fix" these issues. Rather, she advocates "staying with the t [...]

    10. Great book to think ecological crisis, multispecies flourishing and non-innocent living and dying. Not to use as a guide to fix the ecological crisis or as a epiphany about how bad we are as a specie, but the book may work as a caleidoscopic justaposition of concepts, problems and emergent meaning (that can be very disorientating!) to deal with complex problems that cannot be adressed just as a technical problem (or a political, economical, geological etc), and maybe it will help find some new p [...]

    11. Why use one word when you can use ten, eh Donna Haraway? But after a while form follows function and all that, so the exuberant use of words follows the exuberant celebration of all life forms in this book of staying with our times and using everything we've got to imagine and act on a better world for us all. It's been a while since I've read academic books so I had forgotten that half of it will be the notes and bibliography, but I did enjoy the first half. Donna Haraway finds some great examp [...]

    12. Transcending the species-level myopia of an Anthropocene and the economic determinism of a Capitalocene, Haraway gives us the "Cthulucene"--a name for an "elsewhere" and elsewhen that was, still is, and might yet be." Haraway's Cthulucene--not to be confused with Lovecraft's, whose work she rightfully excoriates--is a sympoetic space wherein human and nonhuman species demonstrate the potential of interspecies solidarity. Read this book!!! Teaching recommendation: pair with Jamaal May's poetry co [...]

    13. I loved this book. It's Haraway, so of course it's sometimes strange and confusing, and sometimes the language play feels more gimmicky than insightful, but even when it's confusing or gimmicky, it's generative--generative of ideas, but also of hope. I read the second half on inauguration day, and I found her models for creating kinship and avoiding despair in the face of ecological destruction to be immensely comforting on this dark day.

    14. Not a book that can be fairly rated and reviewed immediately after one reading (even when read alone on a silent holiday).

    15. Have had this on my to-read list after I saw it cited in this piece "Make Kin, Not Borders" over at The New Inquiry

    16. This book came into my life at the exact right time. Staying with the trouble is difficult to do, but it is necessary to think through how we live in the era of climate disasters that are already here. As always, Donna Haraway writes with nuance, care, and extraordinarily clear vision for possibilities that are outside the limited imagination capital has for us. Her work as a feminist scientist has transformed epistemological possibilities for good.

    17. Despite a tendency to rather fruity prose this book presents some challenging and thought-provoking ideas. In fact the writing style somewhat embodies the notions, and compels the reader to think differently. It matters what thoughts think thoughts, to paraphrase Haraway. The whole concept of staying with the trouble, as a non-defeatist and also non-idealist way of living in and with the world and its critters, is worthy of serious consideration.

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