this is not a essay but a disscussion, after you read the reading answer the question and should be thoughtful engagements, and you are encouraged to raise their own questions in response to readings.

This week’s readings by Guha (1989), Nixon (2011), and Hecht (2018) span three decades but share attention to issues of environmental racism: ways that environmental policy (including conservation) disproportionately impacts the already-precarious people of the Global South to slow violence and ways that the “we” of humanity in discussions of climate change are often imaged as white and Western while.

In Nixon’s account, he writes, “To confront slow violence requires, then, that we plot and give figurative shape to formless threats whose fatal repercussions are dispersed across space and time. The representational challenges are acute, requiring creative ways of drawing public attention to catastrophic acts that are low in instant spectacle but high in long-term effects. To intervene representationally entails devising iconic symbols that embody amorphous calamities as well as narrative forms that infuse those symbols with dramatic urgency.” (page 10)

In your response, explain what Nixon means by “slow violence” and by the representational challenges it poses. What ideas do you have for new modes of more effective representation of climate change that addresses the problem of environmental racism?


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