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Nixon, Rob, 1954-
Slow violence and the environmentalism of the poor / Rob Nixon
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, c2011
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 4th Floor  PR9080.5 .N59 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Commonwealth literature (English) -- History and criticism
American literature -- History and criticism
Ecology in literature
Environmentalism in literature
Human ecology in literature
Postcolonialism in literature
Colonies in literature
Human security
Poor -- Developing countries
Imperialism -- Environmental aspects
Globalization -- Environmental aspects
Physical Description xiii, 353 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [283]-338) and index
Summary 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, the author 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 this book the author 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 illuminating the strategies these writer/activists deploy to give dramatic visibility to environmental emergencies, he invites his readers to engage with some of the most pressing challenges of our time
Contents 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 -- Strangers in the eco-village: race, tourism, and environmental time -- Ecologies of the aftermath: precision warfare and slow violence -- Environmentalism, postcolonialism, and American studies -- Scenes from the seabed and the future of dissent

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