With apologies to Cosma Shalizi (and an inability to be equally pithy):
If strong reciprocity is indeed an important, if not fundamental, part of the social character of humans, then scientists wishing members of any given community to expend resources on issues the scientists consider of highest priority, will need to expend their resources on issues that community considers high priority.
And no, attempting to convince a community that your highest priority should be their highest priority doesn’t count.
As scholar Juanita Sunberg writes of this 2014 piece by Indigenous scholar Zoe Todd,
“A thoughtful and insistent piece about the necessity of thinking and pursuing decolonial practices.”
As political ecologists maintain, ignoring the kind of critique that Todd makes, this lacuna in prominent Western thought, makes our analyses and science less rigorous. The can be no apolitical ecology; the alternative to political ecology is ecology that willfully ignores the real and existing politics and power present in all of our work.
Source: An Indigenous Feminist’s take on the Ontological Turn: ‘ontology’ is just another word for colonialism
Urbane Adventurer: Amiskwacî
Personal paradigm shifts have a way of sneaking up on you. It started, innocently enough, with a trip to Edinburgh to see the great Latour discuss his latest work in February 2013. I was giddy with excitement: a talk by the Great Latour. Live and in colour! In his talk, on that February night, he discussed the
climate as sentient the climate as a ‘common cosmopolitical concern’ [thank you to commenter Philip for pointing out my error in my recollection of the nature of Latour’s assertion about the climate — discussion of this in the comments below]. Funny, I thought, this sounds an awful lot like the little bit of Inuit cosmological thought I have been taught by Inuit friends (friends who have taught me that the climate is an incredibly important organizing concept for many actors). I waited, through the whole talk, to hear the Great Latour credit Indigenous thinkers for…
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