Time as Kinship

Forthcoming in 2021 in The Cambridge Companion to Environmental Humanities, edited by Jeffrey Cohen (Arizona State University) and Stephanie Foote (West Virginia University): Cambridge University Press

25 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2021

Date Written: December 19, 2019

Abstract

Climate change is often discussed in terms of linear units of time. This essay covers the meaning of linear time and its implications for how climate change is narrated. There are concerns about how narrating climate change in this way can eclipse issues of justice in the energy transition. There are of course different ways of telling time. This essay provides a narration of climate change inspired by particular Indigenous scholars and writers. These conceptions of time narrate time through kinship, not linearity. One implication is that issues of justice are inseparable from the experience of climate change.

Keywords: Climate justice, Indigenous studies, environmental justice, climate crisis

Suggested Citation

Whyte, Kyle Powys, Time as Kinship (December 19, 2019). Forthcoming in 2021 in The Cambridge Companion to Environmental Humanities, edited by Jeffrey Cohen (Arizona State University) and Stephanie Foote (West Virginia University): Cambridge University Press , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3830025

Kyle Powys Whyte (Contact Author)

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