Earthbound Social Movements and the Anthropocene


  • Chris Crews Institute for Earthbound Studies



Social Movements, Anthropocene, Rights of Nature, Land, Earthbound


Despite a growing body of Anthropocene research, less attention has been given to how these changing dynamics are impacting social movements. This work addresses this gap in the literature by developing a critical reading of social movements and the Anthropocene that draws on social movement studies and environmental political theory. I argue a new social movement formation is appearing, which I call the Earthbound people. I show how a new Earth-centered cosmopolitics is emerging in response to the Anthropocene by drawing on diverse examples of global social and environmental justice and Indigenous rights struggles over land and water.

Author Biography

Chris Crews, Institute for Earthbound Studies

Chris Crews, Institute for Earthbound Studies, Grove City, USA. His primary work is currently focused on the intersections of social movements in the Anthropocene, with emphais on the politics of land.


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How to Cite

Crews, C. (2020). Earthbound Social Movements and the Anthropocene. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 13(3), 333–372.