Energy Islands: Metaphors of Power, Extractivism, and Justice in Puerto Rico

Energy Islands: Metaphors of Power, Extractivism, and Justice in Puerto Rico

by Catalina M de Onís

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Energy Islands provides an urgent and nuanced portrait of collective action that resists racial capitalism, colonialism, and climate disruption. Weaving together historical and ethnographic research, this story challenges the master narratives of Puerto Rico as a tourist destination and site of "natural" disasters to demonstrate how fossil fuel economies are inextricably entwined with colonial practices and how local community groups in Puerto Rico have struggled against energy coloniality to mobilize and transform power from the ground up.

Catalina M. de Onís documents how these groups work to decenter continental contexts and deconstruct damaging hierarchies that devalue and exploit rural coastal communities. She highlights and collaborates with individuals who refuse the cruel logics of empire by imagining and implementing energy justice and other interconnected radical power transformations. Diving deeply into energy, islands, and power, this book engages various metaphors for alternative world-making.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520380622
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 06/15/2021
Series: Environmental Communication, Power, and Culture , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Catalina M. de Onís is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver. She coauthored of the book "¡Ustedes tienen que limpiar las cenizas e irse de Puerto Rico para siempre!”: La lucha por la justicia ambiental, climática y energética como trasfondo del verano de Revolución Boricua 2019.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Map of Puerto Rico

Introduction: Amplifying Puerto Rican Voices in Power Struggles

Part One: Forming Energies

Routes/Roots/Raíces I: Recuerdos familiares [Family Memories]
Chapter One: Dis/empowering Terms of an Energy Rhetorical Matrix
Routes/Roots/Raíces II: Hydrocarbon Hauntings
Chapter Two: Experimenting Energies of Defense, Disease, Development, and Disaster

Part Two: Powering the Present and Future
Chapter Three: Generating Methane Metaphors to Fuel and Fight Extractivism
Routes/Roots/Raíces III: Account-ability in un revolú
Chapter Four: (Re)wiring Coalitions for Radical Transformations
Routes/Roots/Raíces IV: "Las cosas del barrio"

(No) Conclusion: Delinking for Energy Justice

Appendix: Puerto Rico and US Diasporic Organizations and Initiatives

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