Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor

ISBN-10: 0674072340
ISBN-13: 9780674072343
Edition: 2011
Authors: Rob Nixon
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 370
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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.

Rob Nixon is Rachel Carson Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Among his many books is Dreambirds: The Natural History of a Fantasy. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times.

Preface
Introduction
Slow Violence, Neoliberalism, and the Environmental Picaresque
Fast-forward Fossil: Petro-despotism and the Resource Curse
Pipedreams: Ken Saro-Wiwa, Environmental Justice, and Micro-minority Rights
Slow Violence, Gender, and the Environmentalism of the Poor
Unimagined Communities: Megadams, Monumental Modernity, and Developmental Refugees
Stranger in the Eco-village: Race, Tourism, and Environmental Time
Ecologies of the Aftermath: Precision Warfare and Slow Violence
Environmentalism, Postcolonialism, and American Studies
Epilogue: Scenes from the Seabed and the Future of Dissent
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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