Everyday Exposure: Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada's Chemical Valley

Everyday Exposure: Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada's Chemical Valley

by Sarah Marie Wiebe

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Everyday Exposure: Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada's Chemical Valley by Sarah Marie Wiebe

Surrounded by Canada’s densest concentration of chemical manufacturing plants, members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation report a declining male birth rate and high incidences of miscarriage, asthma, cancer, and cardiovascular illness. Everyday Exposure uncovers the systemic injustices they face as they fight for environmental justice. Exploring the problems that conflicting levels of jurisdiction pose for the creation of effective policy, analyzing clashes between Indigenous and scientific knowledge, and documenting the experiences of Aamjiwnaang residents as they navigate their toxic environment, this book argues that social and political change requires a transformative policy approach, one that takes the voices of Indigenous citizens seriously.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774832649
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sarah Marie Wiebe is a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow and assistant teaching professor at the University of Victoria.

Table of Contents

Foreword: A Canadian Tragedy / James TullyPreface

Photo Essay #1: Atmosphere

1. Skeletons in the Closet: Citizen Wounding and the Biopolitics of Injustice2. Sensing Policy: An Affective Framework of Analysis3. State Nerves: The Many Layers of Indigenous Environmental Justice

Photo Essay #2: Life

4. Home Is Where the Heart Is: Lived Experience in Aamjiwnaang5. Digesting Space: The Geopolitics of Everyday Life6. Seeking Reproductive Justice: Situated Bodies of Knowledge7. Shelter-in-Place? Immune No More and Idle No More

Photo Essay #3: Resurgence

AppendicesNotesReferencesIndex

What People are Saying About This

From the Foreword by James Tully

Every once in a while, an outstanding work of scholarship comes along that transforms the way a seemingly intractable injustice is seen and, in so doing, also transforms the way it should be approached and addressed by all concerned. Such a work is Everyday Exposure.

James Tully

Every once in a while, an outstanding work of scholarship comes along that transforms the way a seemingly intractable injustice is seen and, in so doing, also transforms the way it should be approached and addressed by all concerned. Such a work is Everyday Exposure.

Ravi de Costa

This insightful book is a must-read for anyone interested in Indigenous environmental justice. With sensitivity and imagination, Sarah Marie Wiebe grounds her argument for changing how we approach policy making in a much-needed discussion about the legacies of colonialism faced by Indigenous people in Canada.

Deborah McGregor

By documenting the environmental injustice experienced by the Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Ontario’s Chemical Valley, Everyday Exposure uncovers the jurisdictional framework that institutionalizes reproductive injustice in First Nations communities across Canada. Wiebe makes a compelling case for why policy makers should consider more than just scientific knowledge as a basis for action.

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