Concrete Jungles: Urban Pollution and the Politics of Difference in the Caribbean

Author:   Rivke Jaffe
Publisher:   Oxford University Press Inc
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9780190273583


Pages:   200
Publication Date:   12 May 2016
Format:   Hardback
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Concrete Jungles: Urban Pollution and the Politics of Difference in the Caribbean


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In the popular imagination, the Caribbean islands represent tropical paradise. This image, which draws millions of tourists to the region annually, underlies the efforts of many environmentalists to protect Caribbean coral reefs, mangroves, and rainforests. However, a dark side to Caribbean environmentalism lies beyond the tourist's view in urban areas where the islands' poorer citizens suffer from exposure to garbage, untreated sewage, and air pollution. Concrete Jungles explores the reasons why these issues tend to be ignored, demonstrating how mainstream environmentalism reflects and reproduces class and race inequalities. Based on over a decade of research in Kingston, Jamaica and Willemstad, Curacao, Rivke Jaffe contrasts the environmentalism of largely middle-class professionals with the environmentalism of inner-city residents. The book combines a sophisticated discussion of the politics of difference with rich ethnographic detail, including vivid depictions of Caribbean ghettos and elite enclaves. Jaffe also extends her analysis beyond ethnographic research, seeking to understand the role of colonial history in shaping the current trends in pollution and urban space. A thorough analysis of the hidden inequalities of mainstream environmentalism, Concrete Jungles provides a political ecology of urban pollution with significant implications for the future of environmentalism.

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Author:   Rivke Jaffe
Publisher:   Oxford University Press Inc
Imprint:   Oxford University Press Inc
Dimensions:   Width: 16.30cm , Height: 1.60cm , Length: 23.70cm
Weight:   0.424kg
ISBN:  

9780190273583


ISBN 10:   0190273585
Pages:   200
Publication Date:   12 May 2016
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Caribbean Cities in Comparative Perspective Chapter Three: Excavating the Traces of Empire Chapter Four: Fragmented Cities Chapter Five: Urban Naturalisms: Pollution, Space and Power Chapter Six: Uptown Environmentalism Chapter Seven: Downtown Environmentalism Chapter Eight: Coda

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Jaffe's excellent study provides a refreshing and meticulously derived new perspective on urban Caribbean environments, combining a comprehensive historical and ethnographic narrative of the context of people, places, and politics in the region. Insights offered on everyday livelihoods within lowincome urban neighborhoods in Curacao and Jamaica, and the contradictory urban naturalisms found across both societies, present readers with a striking comparative understanding of Caribbean cities and contribute a much welcomed further assessment of urban anthropological and naturesociety relations in the urban South. -- Dan Howard , New West Indian Guide


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Rivke Jaffe is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

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