Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-x

I often hear the criticism that humanistic scholars are so solitary in their work. We don’t socialize in the lab or work in teams to col-lect data. We don’t often publish multi-author work, and we spend a lot of time alone in the virtual stacks of research databases, reading and thinking. But as I sit to write this acknowledgment and imagine ...

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Introduction: The Ecological Other

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pp. 1-34

If nature is to matter, we need more potent, more complex under-in fortifying whiteness, and feminists are attentive to the ways that disgust materializes and thereby diminishes femininity. Yet, despite the environmental movement’s focus on waste, trash, recycling, pol-lution, and toxicity, few have considered the role of disgust as an ...

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1. “Maimed Away from Mother Earth”: The Disabled Body in Environmental Thought and Literature

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pp. 35-82

...that cast in stark relief the links between colonialism, wilderness, and the fit body about which this book is concerned. She writes about the challenges of being “waist-high” in the West, where values of wide-open spaces, mobility, rugged individualism, and independence reign. Her own life in a wheelchair gives her a critical perspective ...

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2. Ecological Indian or Ecological Other? Environmentalism and the Indigenous Body in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead

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pp. 83-138

American body symbolizes and literally embodies colonial-capitalism’s impact on Native Americans. The corporeal costs of colonial-capital-fallout, diabetes, alcoholism, and cancer appear with greater fre-quency in Native American communities than in the rest of the US population. Colonial-capitalism disables the Native American body. ...

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3. The Poetics of Trash: Immigrant Bodies in the Borderland Wilderness

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pp. 139-178

...well as between access and exclusion, that I describe in the previous two chapters is perhaps most clearly at stake in a contemporary case study of the US–Mexico border. Discourses of national purity and pollution infuse debates about national security and dictate how to manage the border, as popular media treat the border as hermeti-...

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Conclusion: Toward an Inclusive Environmentalism

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pp. 179-184

I have argued in this book that the examples of the invalid, the Indian, and the immigrant are three examples of the ways in which environmentalism is complicit in maintaining social hierarchies. I have outlined some of the ways in which environmentalist discourse legitimizes and perpetuates these relations. I showed how discourses ...

Notes

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pp. 185-192

Bibliography

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pp. 193-204

Index

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pp. 205-201

About the Author

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