Island Futures: Caribbean Survival in the Anthropocene

Island Futures: Caribbean Survival in the Anthropocene

by Mimi Sheller

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Overview

In Island Futures Mimi Sheller delves into the ecological crises and reconstruction challenges affecting the entire Caribbean region during a time of climate catastrophe. Drawing on fieldwork on postearthquake reconstruction in Haiti, flooding on the Haitian-Dominican border, and recent hurricanes, Sheller shows how ecological vulnerability and the quest for a "just recovery" in the Caribbean emerge from specific transnational political, economic, and cultural dynamics. Because foreigners are largely ignorant of Haiti's political, cultural, and economic contexts, especially the historical role of the United States, their efforts to help often exacerbate inequities. Caribbean survival under ever-worsening environmental and political conditions, Sheller contends, demands radical alternatives to the pervasive neocolonialism, racial capitalism, and US military domination that have perpetuated what she calls the "coloniality of climate." Sheller insists that alternative projects for Haitian reconstruction, social justice, and climate resilience—and the sustainability of the entire region—must be grounded in radical Caribbean intellectual traditions that call for deeper transformations of transnational economies, ecologies, and human relations writ large.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478010128
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 11/06/2020
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mimi Sheller is Professor of Sociology at Drexel University and the author of several books, including Citizenship from Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom, also published by Duke University Press, and Mobility Justice: The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes.

Table of Contents

Preface: An Autobiography of My Mother
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Im/Mobile Disaster
1. Kinopolitical Power
2. Water Power
3. Aerial Power
4. Digital Power
6. Sexual Power
Conclusion: Surviving the Anthropocene
Afterword: This Is Not a Requiem
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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