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Tornel, C., & Lunden, A. (2021). Do not go gentle into that good night. In E. T. Harper & D. Specht, Imagining Apocalyptic Politics in the Anthropocene (1st ed., pp. 34–57). Routledge.

Do not go gentle into that good night : contested narratives and political subjectivities in the Anthropocene

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Author: Tornel, Carlos; Lunden, Aapo
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Routledge, 2021
Publish Date: 2023-02-20


The plot of Interstellar serves as an excellent backdrop to address the Anthropocene and the politics of the Apocalypse. Global environmental problems such as climate change, and biodiversity loss are framed as in need of extraordinary measures that, if not taken promptly, may lead to an apocalyptic and catastrophic scenario. The geological aspect of the Anthropocene presents its thesis as an inescapable moment in space/time in which people have, inadvertently, ‘ended up’. The ‘Bad Anthropocene’ narrative is built around the concept of ‘Planetary Boundaries’ which diversely supports the idea of ‘returning to a stable condition’ and ‘a safe operating space for humanity’, or in other words, the idea of ‘turning back the clock’ to the selectively stable conditions of a ‘Holocene 2.0’. Geopower can be considered as a combination of technocratic environmental interventions, geo-knowledge of imperial ecologies, Earth System Sciences and geoengineering. Narratives about the Apocalypse are not new.

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ISBN: 978-1-003-12885-4
ISBN Print: 978-0-367-65312-5
Pages: 34 - 57
DOI: 10.4324/9781003128854-3
Host publication: Imagining Apocalyptic Politics in the Anthropocene
Host publication editor: Harper, Earl. T.
Specht, Doug
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Copyright information: © Routledge. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in Imagining Apocalyptic Politics in the Anthropocene on 29 September 2021, available online: