Approaches to Habitation in the Anthropocene

This graph represents the intellectual approaches taken in our posts. It reflects the backgrounds found in our team, given its particular membership; see the list below. This list is by no means exhaustive, and there are obvious overlaps among the approaches.

Each post is categorized by two approaches—one reflecting the discipline of its author, the other an additional approach it engages.

Each post is categorized by two approaches—one reflecting the discipline of its author, the other an additional approach it engages.

Descriptive: focuses on the material basis for habitation in terms of physical and biological processes, and how these processes are found across species; characteristic of the natural sciences--on our team, Biology (Antonio Castro, Kiza Gates, Ingo Schlupp) and Geology (Lynn Soreghan)

Interpretive: focuses on human habitation as a social and cultural phenomenon, and how human habitation practices are invested with meaning; characteristic of the social sciences--on our team, Anthropology (Noah Theriault) and Archeology (Asa Randall)

Normative: focuses on the justification or evaluation of human habitation practices in moral terms, and the moral values that those practices can be interpreted to express; characteristic of the humanities--on our team, Philosophy (Zev Trachtenberg)

Practical: focuses on the implementation of habitation practices and infrastructure through the creation of the built environment; characteristic of applied disciplines--on our team, City Planning (Meghan Wieters)