Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor

Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor

by Rob Nixon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674072340

ISBN-13: 9780674072343

Pub. Date: 03/11/2013

Publisher: Harvard

The violence wrought by climate change, toxic drift, deforestation, oil spills, and the environmental aftermath of war takes place gradually and often invisibly. Using the innovative concept of "slow violence" to describe these threats, Rob Nixon focuses on the inattention we have paid to the attritional lethality of many environmental crises, in contrast with the

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The violence wrought by climate change, toxic drift, deforestation, oil spills, and the environmental aftermath of war takes place gradually and often invisibly. Using the innovative concept of "slow violence" to describe these threats, Rob Nixon focuses on the inattention we have paid to the attritional lethality of many environmental crises, in contrast with the sensational, spectacle-driven messaging that impels public activism today. Slow violence, because it is so readily ignored by a hard-charging capitalism, exacerbates the vulnerability of ecosystems and of people who are poor, disempowered, and often involuntarily displaced, while fueling social conflicts that arise from desperation as life-sustaining conditions erode.

In a book of extraordinary scope, Nixon examines a cluster of writer-activists affiliated with the environmentalism of the poor in the global South. By approaching environmental justice literature from this transnational perspective, he exposes the limitations of the national and local frames that dominate environmental writing. And by skillfully illuminating the strategies these writer-activists deploy to give dramatic visibility to environmental emergencies, Nixon invites his readers to engage with some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674072343
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/11/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
370
Sales rank:
256,648
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 Slow Violence, Neoliberalism, and the Environmental Picaresque 45

2 Fast-forward Fossil: Petro-despotism and the Resource Curse 68

3 Pipedreams: Ken Saro-Wiwa, Environmental Justice, and Micro-minority Rights 103

4 Slow Violence, Gender, and the Environmentalism of the Poor 128

5 Unimagined Communities: Megadams, Monumental Modernity, and Developmental Refugees 150

6 Stranger in the Eco-village: Race, Tourism, and Environmental Time 175

7 Ecologies of the Aftermath: Precision Warfare and Slow Violence 199

8 Environmentalism, Postcolonialism, and American Studies 233

Epilogue: Scenes from the Seabed and the Future of Dissent 263

Notes 283

Acknowledgments 339

Index 343

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