Does Deconstruction Matter: Being 'at-home' in the era of climate change

Taylor and Francis
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Continuum, 2013, 27 (1), pp. 41 - 53
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Ecology has Greek origins: oikos, `house. In this paper, I would like to think through the ways in which, and the implications of, climate change as a force is responsible for the deconstruction of the `at home in all its textual and material dimensions. In so doing, I build on Clarke's insight that it is not we, as active agents, who deconstruct in the era of climate change but, rather, that climate change is a `deconstructive force or `agency that `undermines and challenges the terms of consumer democracy and the liberal tradition of political thought (2010, 131). I negotiate the relationship between deconstruction and materialism away from being one of mutual exclusivity to one of productive tension. I centre deconstruction as a primary tool of critical engagement and socio-political change. Bringing together deconstruction and new materialist modes of thought I examine the way in which climate change has the potential to reconfigure our understandings of what it means to dwell and move, to be in and out of place, and how this may be reconsidered (without our express `consent) and rethought. The implications of and responses to climate change are varied, contradictory and often unjust, as I examine in relation to the Queensland floods of late 2010 into early 2011, and the situation of the Torres Strait Islands, where king tides and rising sea levels threaten the future of some communities
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