Slow Violence And The Environmentalism Of The Poor

Publisher: Joanna Cotler Books
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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.

Specifications of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor

AuthorRob Nixon
PublisherHarvard University Press
Number Of Pages370
Publication Date2011-06-14
Height1.2 inch.
Length9.4 inch.
Width6.5 inch.
Weight1.45 pounds.

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