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Coda: postcolonial futures in the shadow of the Anthropocene

WithTariq Jazeel

This final chapter discusses recent challenges for postcolonial scholarship in the wake of chemist Paul Crutzen’s claim that humankind now lives in an era called ‘the Anthropocene’, where humans are the main agents of geological change. The chapter connects the Anthropocene narrative with long-standing critiques regarding postcolonialism’s ability to deal with materiality and a lively planet, but also to the importance of postcolonialism’s insistence on context and particularity.