Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor
The violence wrought by climate change, toxic drift, deforestation, oil spills, and the environmental aftermath of war takes place gradually and often invisibly. Using the innovative concept of "slow violence" to describe these threats, Rob Nixon focuses on the inattention we have paid to the attritional lethality of many environmental crises, in contrast with the sensational, spectacle-driven messaging that impels public activism today. Slow violence, because it is so readily ignored by a hard-charging capitalism, exacerbates the vulnerability of ecosystems and of people who are poor, disempowered, and often involuntarily displaced, while fueling social conflicts that arise from desperation as life-sustaining conditions erode.
In a book of extraordinary scope, Nixon examines a cluster of writer-activists affiliated with the environmentalism of the poor in the global South. By approaching environmental justice literature from this transnational perspective, he exposes the limitations of the national and local frames that dominate environmental writing. And by skillfully illuminating the strategies these writer-activists deploy to give dramatic visibility to environmental emergencies, Nixon invites his readers to engage with some of the most pressing challenges of our time.
1 Slow Violence, Neoliberalism, and the Environmental Picaresque 45
2 Fast-forward Fossil: Petro-despotism and the Resource Curse 68
3 Pipedreams: Ken Saro-Wiwa, Environmental Justice, and Micro-minority Rights 103
4 Slow Violence, Gender, and the Environmentalism of the Poor 128
5 Unimagined Communities: Megadams, Monumental Modernity, and Developmental Refugees 150
6 Stranger in the Eco-village: Race, Tourism, and Environmental Time 175
7 Ecologies of the Aftermath: Precision Warfare and Slow Violence 199
8 Environmentalism, Postcolonialism, and American Studies 233
Epilogue: Scenes from the Seabed and the Future of Dissent 263
What People are Saying About This
Nixon jumpstarts a conversation between the fields of eco-criticism and postcolonial studies, and the outcome is brilliant. A landmark achievement, directed with great care, lucidity, and no end of foresight. Andrew Ross, New York University
Slow Violence is inspiring, innovative, and passionate. Nixon forces us to confront some of the most urgent issues facing the continued existence of humans on the planet. He re-energizes environmental literature, infusing the field with the transnational concerns of world literature, and creatively reinvigorates post-colonial studies. Hazel Carby, Yale University
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