Three Paradoxes of Climate Truth for the Anthropocene Social Scientist
Three Paradoxes of Climate Truth for the Anthropocene Social Scientist,” (2019) Organization & Environment, DOI: 10.1177/1086026619858857
28 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2019
Date Written: July 2019
Climate change has been one of the most contested truths for the last two decades. Many social scientists within the academy and this volume have spent years discerning the nature of this truth and articulating its importance for business, organizations and society. Yet these same scholars face a triple paradox in their work on this important issue. In this essay, we examine those paradoxes – (1) The Paradox of Eliminating the Main Driver, (2) The Paradox of Objectivity and Passion, and (3) The Paradox of Double Irrelevance – all amplified by how two institutional factors – the construction of climate truth and its translation in relational fields – affect them. We revisit not only how the three paradoxes affect the Anthropocene social scientist as an individual, but, in light of the tensions and two institutional factors, how s/he might rebalance these tensions by pushing back on the institutional actors while embracing paradox in personal choices.
Keywords: Anthropocene, Social Science, Paradox
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