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With roots in eugenics and other social-control programs, modern American environmentalism is not always as progressive as we would like to think. In The Ecological Other, Sarah Jaquette Ray examines the ways in which environmentalism can create social injustice through discourses of the body.
Ray investigates three categories of ecological otherness: people with disabilities, immigrants, and Native Americans. Extending recent work in environmental justice ecocriticism, Ray argues that the expression of environmental disgust toward certain kinds of bodies draws problematic lines between ecological “subjects”—those who are good for and belong in nature—and ecological “others”—those who are threats to or out of place in nature. Ultimately, The Ecological Other urges us to be more critical of how we use nature as a tool of social control and to be careful about the ways in which we construct our arguments to ensure its protection. 
The book challenges long-standing assumptions in environmentalism and will be of interest to those in environmental literature and history, American studies, disability studies, and Native American studies, as well as anyone concerned with issues of environmental justice.

With roots in eugenics and other social-control programs, modern American environmentalism is not always as progressive as we would like to think. In The Ecological Other, Sarah Jaquette Ray examines the ways in which environmentalism can create social injustice through discourses of the body.
Ray investigates three categories of ecological otherness: people with disabilities, immigrants, and Native Americans. Extending recent work in environmental justice ecocriticism, Ray argues that the expression of environmental disgust toward certain kinds of bodies draws problematic lines between ecological “subjects”—those who are good for and belong in nature—and ecological “others”—those who are threats to or out of place in nature. Ultimately, The Ecological Other urges us to be more critical of how we use nature as a tool of social control and to be careful about the ways in which we construct our arguments to ensure its protection. 
The book challenges long-standing assumptions in environmentalism and will be of interest to those in environmental literature and history, American studies, disability studies, and Native American studies, as well as anyone concerned with issues of environmental justice.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction: The Ecological Other
  2. pp. 1-34
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  1. 1. “Maimed Away from Mother Earth”: The Disabled Body in Environmental Thought and Literature
  2. pp. 35-82
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  1. 2. Ecological Indian or Ecological Other? Environmentalism and the Indigenous Body in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead
  2. pp. 83-138
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  1. 3. The Poetics of Trash: Immigrant Bodies in the Borderland Wilderness
  2. pp. 139-178
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  1. Conclusion: Toward an Inclusive Environmentalism
  2. pp. 179-184
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 185-192
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 193-204
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816599813
Related ISBN
9780816511884
MARC Record
OCLC
830089436
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2013-05-20
Language
English
Open Access
No
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