Through the Working Class

Through the Working Class

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chevron_rightSociology

Language
en

ISBN (print)
978-88-6969-297-0

ISBN (ebook)
978-88-6969-296-3

ISSN
chevron_right2610-8852

e-ISSN
chevron_right2610-9379

Date of publication
12 Dec 2018

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Literary Representations of Human-Nonhuman Labour Collaborations

Fatma Aykanat
Zonguldak Bulent Ecevit University, Turkey
erleicha@gmail.com

DOI 10.30687/978-88-6969-296-3/007

Submitted 20 Jul 2018
Accepted 31 Aug 2018

Abstract

he Anthropocene refers to a geological time interval triggered by the human activities on Earth, and proposes humans as geological forces changing the ecosystems irreversibly. However, human activities, such as industrialization, overpopulation, extreme consumption habits, and exploitation of natural resources put pressure on our planet’s sustainability. Thus, these human induced stressors on the environment pose a threat for all biological species inhabiting the Earth, both human and nonhuman. Industrialization is one of the suggested starting points of the Anthropocene epoch. Taking industrialisation, which started to accelerate in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and the transition from wood to fossil fuels like coal to meet the need for energy during the industrialization process as its primary focus, this article explores how the efforts of industrialisation effect socio-cultural life and the relations of human and nonhuman agents nearby. Portraying the entangled lives of the coal miners and their nonhuman helpers, miner mules, in a newly developing mining town in the 19th century Turkey, Zonguldak, this study opens to discussion or consideration various issues related to the working class environmentalism and the nonhuman labour. For illustrative purposes, various literary texts written in this period, such as Turkish novelist Mehmet Şeyda’s Yanartaş [The Burning Stone] and poems by Turkish poet like Orhan Veli Kanık and Rıfat Ilgaz, will be referred.

Keywords
Anthropocene. Class environmentalism. Nonhuman labour. Coal mines. Miner mules. Zonguldak. Turkey.


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Aykanat Fatma

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Literary Representations of Human-Nonhuman Labour Collaborations

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Book Chapter

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en

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he Anthropocene refers to a geological time interval triggered by the human activities on Earth, and proposes humans as geological forces changing the ecosystems irreversibly. However, human activities, such as industrialization, overpopulation, extreme consumption habits, and exploitation of natural resources put pressure on our planet’s sustainability. Thus, these human induced stressors on the environment pose a threat for all biological species inhabiting the Earth, both human and nonhuman. Industrialization is one of the suggested starting points of the Anthropocene epoch. Taking industrialisation, which started to accelerate in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and the transition from wood to fossil fuels like coal to meet the need for energy during the industrialization process as its primary focus, this article explores how the efforts of industrialisation effect socio-cultural life and the relations of human and nonhuman agents nearby. Portraying the entangled lives of the coal miners and their nonhuman helpers, miner mules, in a newly developing mining town in the 19th century Turkey, Zonguldak, this study opens to discussion or consideration various issues related to the working class environmentalism and the nonhuman labour. For illustrative purposes, various literary texts written in this period, such as Turkish novelist Mehmet Şeyda’s Yanartaş [The Burning Stone] and poems by Turkish poet like Orhan Veli Kanık and Rıfat Ilgaz, will be referred.

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Culture del lavoro

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2018-12-12

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2018-07-20

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2018-08-31

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http://doi.org/10.14277/978-88-6969-296-3/007

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2610-8852

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2610-9379

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978-88-6969-297-0

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978-88-6969-296-3

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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with fulltext

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Anthropocene

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Class environmentalism

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Nonhuman labour

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Coal mines

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Miner mules

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Zonguldak

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Turkey

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