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Murris, Karin; Somerville, Margaret J. (2022) Planetary literacies for the Anthropocene. In: Pandya, J.Z., Mora, R.A., Alford, J.H., Golden, N.A., & de Roock, R.S. (Eds.). The Handbook of Critical Literacies (pp. 335-344). Routledge.

Planetary literacies for the Anthropocene

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Author: Murris, Karin; Somerville, Margaret J.
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Routledge, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-03-08


In this chapter, we develop the concept of ‘planetary literacies’ and suggest it is useful for thinking through critical literacies for the planet in response to the urgency of children’s concerns about climate change, as expressed in international protests led by Greta Thunberg. We draw on the concept of ‘the Anthropocene’, the proposed new geological age, prompted by human induced changes to the Earth’s biosphere. Drawing on posthuman and new materialist methodologies and the concept of ‘The Anthropocene’ acts as a provocation to more sustainably connect nature and culture, economy and ecology, and the natural and human sciences, in order to address species loss, environmental destruction and global warming. Through an example from teacher education in South Africa, we suggest that our concept of planetary literacies aims to incorporate new political understandings of subjectivity. In this sense, we propose that in pushing the boundaries, critical literacies could significantly include new posthuman, and new materialist approaches, to address the urgency of climate change.

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ISBN: 978-1-003-02342-5
ISBN Print: 978-1-000-43086-8
Pages: 335 - 344
DOI: 10.4324/9781003023425-39
Host publication: The handbook of critical literacies
Host publication editor: Pandya, Jessica Zacher
Mora, Raúl Alberto
Alford, Jennifer Helen
Golden, Noah Asher
de Roock, Roberto Santiago
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2021 The Authors. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Handbook of Critical Literacies on 8 September 2021, available online: