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Global Climate Change and Critical Theory (under contract, Bloomsbury Academic Press).

Stoner, AM and Melathopoulos, A (2015) Freedom in the Anthropocene: Twentieth-Century Helplessness in the Face of Climate Change. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Freedom in the Anthropocene is a very sharply perceptive book. The authors' clear and well-constructed argument provides just what a contemporary critical theory should. Their fresh way of understanding the Anthropocene should be read by anyone interested in opposing the juggernaut of the Great Acceleration, and particularly those who think that 'environmentalism' is sufficient to that task.

Andrew Biro, Acadia University, Canada, author of Denaturalizing Ecological Politics (2005) and editor of Critical Ecologies: The Frankfurt School and Contemporary Environmental Crises (2011)


Stoner and Melathopoulos's book highlights the urgent need to situate climate change and related environmental issues and phenomena in the context of rigorous critical social theory. The challenge of ethically sound action geared towards 'saving the planet' (and, by implication, humanity) must be understood in light of – and in relation to – structural circumstances that thwart solutions to problems identified in the debate about the Anthropocene, on the basis of conscientious individual actions and decisions.

Harry F. Dahms, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, USA, author of The Vitality of Critical Theory (2011)

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