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Not by human hands: five technological tenets for environmental history in the Anthropocene
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5391-9374
2014 (English)In: Environment and History, ISSN 0967-3407, Vol. 20, no 4, 479-489 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Technologies in the hands of humans have turned humans into a force of nature. Environmental historians have increasingly recognised the value of history of technology to explain many environmental changes. Scholarship at the environment-technology junction, deploying ideas developed with the framework of Science and Technology Studies (STS), has revealed the usefulness of seeing the whole constellation of science, technology, and environment as simultaneously human-made. Based on recent work at the intersection of history of technology and environment, I propose five technological tenets about human interaction with nonhuman living beings that should be adopted as central elements of environmental history. The tenets demand that historians break down conceptual barriers between artefacts and animals: animals and plants are themselves technologies; technologies provide means of controlling other living beings; technologies mediate our knowledge of animals; technologies affect our valuation of other living creatures; and technology is part of the ecosystem.

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White Horse Press, 2014. Vol. 20, no 4, 479-489 p.
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environmental history, Science and Technology Studies, animals, history of technology, technological artefacts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-94799DOI: 10.3197/096734014X14091313617163ISI: 000342855800002OAI: diva2:756392
Available from: 2014-10-17 Created: 2014-10-17 Last updated: 2014-11-10Bibliographically approved

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