Staying with the Trouble

If you are looking for practical guidance on how to survive impending ecological disaster, or what we might do in order to reverse its effects, or even, in fact, what we are actually in for – Donna Haraway’s advice really only stretches only as far as; stop having babies. Make ‘kin’ instead. It’s not the first time the idea has been suggested, but she does have a point. Beyond this succinct practicality Haraway also offers provocative new ways to reconfigure our relations to the earth and all its inhabitants. She eschews referring to our current epoch as the Anthropocene, preferring to conceptualize it as what she calls the Chthulucene, as it more aptly and fully describes our time, in which the human and the nonhuman are inextricably linked, in what she terms ‘tentacular living’. The Chthulucene, Haraway explains, requires sym-poiesis, or making-with, rather than auto-poiesis, or self-making. ‘Learning to stay with the trouble of living and dying together on a damaged earth, will prove more conducive to the kind of thinking that would provide the means to building more liveable futures’, Haraway argues. Working together even when it might feel difficult to do so, essentially.


Duke University Press
Donna Haraway

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