“Slow violence” from climate change, toxic drift, deforestation, oil spills, and the environmental aftermath of war takes place gradually and often invisibly. Rob Nixon focuses on the inattention we have paid to the lethality of many environmental crises, in contrast with the sensational, spectacle-driven messaging that impels public activism today.
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.
Table of Contents
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