American Studies, Ecocriticism, and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons

American Studies, Ecocriticism, and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138645561
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/18/2012
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Joni Adamson is Professor of Environmental Humanities and Senior Sustainability Scholar, Arizona State University, US.

Kimberly N. Ruffin is Associate Professor in the Department of Literature and Languages at Roosevelt University, US.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Philip J. Deloria Introduction, Joni Adamson and Kimberly N. Ruffin Section 1. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Citizenship and Belonging 1. Zora Neale Hurston and the Environmental Ethic of Risk, Susan Scott Parrish 2. Haitian Soil for the Citizen's Soul, Karen Salt 3. Intimate Cartographies: Defining Navajo Ecological Citizenship through U.S. Mapping, Soil Conservation and Livestock Reduction Programs, Traci Bynne Voyles 4. Getting Back to an Imagined Nature: The Mannahatta Project and Environmental Justice, Jeffrey Myers 5. The Oil Desert, Michael Ziser 6. Japanese Roots in American Soil: National Belonging in David Mas Masumoto’s Harvest Son and Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston’s The Legend of Fire Horse Woman, Sarah D. Wald Section II. Border Ecologies 7. Our Nations and All Our Relations: Environmental Ethics in William S. Yellow Robe Jr.’s The Council, John Gamber 8. Preserving the Great White North: Migratory Birds, Italian Immigrants, and the Making of Ecological Citizenship Across the U.S.-Canada Border, 1900-1924, Ivan Grabovac 9. Boundaries of Violence: Water, Gender and Development in Context, Julie Sze 10. U.S. Border Ecologies, Environmental Criticism, and Transnational American Studies, Claudia Sadowski-Smith 11. Climate Justice and Trans-Pacific Indigenous Feminisms, Hsinya Huang Section III. Ecological Citizenship in Action 12. Roots of Nativist Environmentalism in America’s Eden, Lisa Sun-Hee Park and David Naguib Pellow 13. Wielding Common Wealth in Washington, D.C. and Eastern Kentucky: Creative Social Practice in Two Marginalized Communities, Kirsten Crase 14. "Climate Justice Now! Imagining Grassroots Eco-Cosmopolitanism, Giovanna Di Chiro 15. The Los Angeles Urban Rangers, Trailblazing the Commons, Stephanie LeMenager

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"This collection makes the concept of ‘ecological citizenship’ both accessible and urgent, and as a whole, these essays offer a vital missing chapter in the history of American Studies' engagement with environmental activism and scholarship." —Annette Kolodny, Professor Emerita of American Literature and Culture, the University of Arizona, author of The Lay of the Land, The Land Before Her, and In Search of First Contact: The Vikings of Vinland, the Peoples of the Dawnland, and the Anglo-American Anxiety of Discovery

"In this landmark volume, Adamson and Ruffin bring together sociologists and humanists, historians and ecocritics, ethnic studies and environmental studies, to explore a wide range of American texts and topics, times and places, human groups and socio-ecological concerns, disclosing a diversity of local interconnections between social justice and sustainability in globalizing world. In its multidisciplinary reach, historical depth and intellectual rigor, this outstanding collection sets a new agenda for transnational environmental American Studies."—Catherine Rigby, School of English Communications and Performance Studies, Monash University

"American Studies, Ecocriticism, and Citizenship is a long overdue intervention into American Studies, and a signal contribution to reorienting literary/cultural environmental studies. It offers a rich argument for the connection between the human and social sciences, and social and environmental justice on a global, transnational scale. Highly innovative, the contributions from both well-established and emerging scholars, balance well between larger conceptual issues and key case studies from around the globe."—T.V Reed, Lewis E. and Stella G. Buchanan Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies, Washington State University

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