Revanchist ‘nature’ and 21st century genocide

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Rice, Stian; Tyner, James A.; Revanchist ‘nature’ and 21st century genocide; Space and Polity, 20 October, 2021;


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The natural world is responding to anthropogenic change through novel pathogens, antibiotic-resistant microbes, and pest infestations. This resurgence is part of a non-human reappropriation and transformation of human-altered environments. In this commentary, we argue that this ‘revanchism’ has prompted two new forms of genocide: the pre-emptive mass slaughter of non-human animals, and the annihilation of humans as expressed through COVID-19 and other pandemics; forms that will become exemplars for mass murder in the twenty-first century.