American historical review, Jun 2012, Vol.117(3), pp.794-803
Thomas submits each of the four essays to a critical reading, arguing especially with some of Surkis' and Wilder's claims and interpretations. But her comment, which is both critical and appreciative of the authors' intellectual engagement, doesn't end with these historiographical issues. Rather, she urges people to go beyond the concerns evoked by 'turn talk' and confront the challenges of climate change and environmental crisis, which she discusses in the last pages of her comment. Calling for a new materialism, she urges, in a sense, a qualitatively different kind of turn, one that will produce new questions, new objects of study, and new types of evidence beyond those developed through the social, linguistic, cultural, and imperial turns.
Intellectuals ; Materialism ; Climate Change ; Linguistics ; Historiography ; Cultural History ; Sociology
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