Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

Over the years, the University of Kansas gave me the time and financial support needed to write this book. During my tenure as a Resident Fellow at the Hall Center for the Humanities in fall 2009 I developed early sections of chapters 1 and 2. I am also grateful to...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

In 1991, Larry Summers produced a now infamous memo urging the World Bank to encourage “more migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs” (less-developed countries). Part of his “economic logic” included an assertion that “countries in Africa are...

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1. The Nature of Africa

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pp. 7-35

African environmental writing tends to prioritize social justice; lived environments; livelihoods; and/or the relationships among environmental practice, representations of nature, power, and privilege. As a result, it would perhaps be considered inadequately...

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2. The Nature of African Environmentalism

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pp. 36-74

In her memoir Unbowed, Wangari Maathai draws on what Lawrence Buell refers to as an “indigene pastoral” in order to give narrative shape to her vision for social and environmental regeneration in Kenya. She begins her story with a childhood memory...

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3. The Nature of Justice

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pp. 75-132

As a result of environmentalism’s association under apartheid with the priorities of a relatively affluent white minority and with racial oppression, black South Africans were often “hostile to what was perceived as an elitist concern peripheral to their struggle...

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4. The Nature of Violence

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pp. 133-182

Ken Saro-Wiwa famously characterized gas flaring and oil spills in the Niger Delta as a form of genocidal violence. His manifesto Genocide in Nigeria (1992) claimed that the Ogoni people were left “half-deaf and prone to respiratory diseases” and that their...

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Conclusion

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pp. 183-190

The question of how to conceive place in relation to the politics of scale represents a conceptual challenge for environmental justice narratives. Such narratives often encourage skepticism regarding “transcendent and universal politics,” which potentially marginalize...

Notes

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pp. 191-196

Works Cited

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pp. 197-208

index

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pp. 209-214