Journal article

Scales of Political Action in the Anthropocene: Gaia, Networks, and Cities as Frontiers of Doing Earthly Politics

Ihnji Jon

Global Society | Informa UK Limited | Published : 2019


The purpose of this article is to propose a new theorisation of “scale” in doing earthly politics (i.e. who is acting, who should be responsible for addressing planetary environmental degradation). I connect the politics of scale in global urban politics with the scale question in environmental politics. While the existing paradigm on “politics of scale” have made an excellent contribution on performative aspects of scale, they have failed to respond to the affirmative movements in which scholars and policy makers attempt to theorise scales as ranges in which political action can be mobilised. On the other hand, the new “down-to-earth” affirmative ecopolitics movement often fails to move bey..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author wishes to thank Prof Acuto and anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments, as well as funding from the University of Melbourne's Deputy Vice Chancellor Research to the Connected Cities Lab that rendered this work possible.