Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor

Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor Author Rob Nixon
ISBN-10 0674072340
ISBN-13 9780674072343
Year 2013-03-11
Pages 370
Language English
Publisher Harvard University Press
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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

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