Greening Africana Studies: Linking Environmental Studies with Transforming Black Experiences

Greening Africana Studies: Linking Environmental Studies with Transforming Black Experiences

by Rubin Patterson


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Insufficient attention has been given to the environment in Africana studies within the academy. In Greening Africana Studies, Rubin Patterson initiates an important conversation explaining why and how the gap between these two disciplines can and should be bridged. His comprehensive book calls for a green African transnationalism and focuses on the mission and major paradigms that identify the respective curriculum, research interests, and practices.

In his original work, Patterson demonstrates the ways in which black communities are harmed by local environmental degradation and global climate change. He shows that many local unwanted land use sites (LULUs), such as brownfields and toxic release inventory facilities, are disproportionately located in close proximity to neighborhoods of color, but also to colleges and universities with Africana studies programs. Arguing that such communities are not aggressively engaging in environmental issues, Greening Africana Studies also provides examples of how Africana studies students as well as members of black communities can prepare for green careers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439908723
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 01/30/2015
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rubin PattersonisChair of Sociology and Anthropology at Howard University in Washington, DC. He is also a Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the editor ofAfrican Brain Circulation: Beyond the Drain-Gain Debateand served for ten years as the founding editor of the journalPerspectives on Global Development and Technology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Bridging Africana Studies and Environmental Studies 1

1 Greening Africana Studies: Redemption, Redevelopment, and Remuneration in the Black Community 21

2 We Have a Lot in Common: Let's Talk 50

3 Brownfields, Toxics Release Inventory Facilities, and the Black Community 97

4 Green Jobs 138

5 Greening and Growing Africa Economically: A Role for Transnationalism 173

Conclusion 200

References 207

Index 223

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