Ex-orbitant globality

Clark, Nigel (2005) Ex-orbitant globality. Theory, Culture and Society, 22 (5). pp. 165-185. ISSN 0263-2764

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Abstract

Social theorists, drawing on the study of complex dynamical systems to address global processes, tend to evoke an immanent globality devoid of a constitutive otherness or outside. However, as well as dealing with the internal dynamics of systems, complexity studies point to the mutual implication of systems and their surroundings: a concern that resonates with the interest in the convolutions of the inside–outside relationship prominent in post-structural philosophies. This article, looking at theories about the dynamical characteristics of the solar system, galaxy and universe, develops the idea of an ex-orbitant globality that treats the earth as a system in active and ongoing interchange with its cosmic environment. A sense of the inevitable excess and unpredictability that attends this openness to the cosmos and to further other-than-human influences, it is suggested, has repercussions for the way we respond to environmental change injecting an element of abyssal undecidability into all our deliberations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Theory, Culture and Society
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 68813
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 05 Mar 2014 09:31
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 07:43
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/68813

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