American Studies, Ecocriticism, and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 113507884X
  • ISBN-13: 9781135078843
  • DDC: 809.93355
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 290 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released January 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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This collection closely examines the relationship between American Studies scholarship and twenty-first century environmental studies' expanded attention to transnational and transcultural concepts of ecological citizenship and belonging. Visiting literary, historical, and cultural examples from the 19th century to the 21st, contributors examine notions of the common namely, "common humanity, common wealth, and common ground" as foundational to concepts of global citizenship, civil society, and cosmopolitan democracy. The book engages in scholarly ecological analysis via the lens of various human groups ethnic, racial, gendered, coalitional that are shaping twenty-first century environmental experience and vision and contributing to new concepts of citizenship and belonging. Diverse human groups are mobilizing around new concepts of ecological citizenship and belonging catalyzed not only by nuclear meltdowns, oil spills, hurricanes, climate change, and histories of privilege or social and environmental injustice, but by hopes for a common future that will ensure the right of both humans and the more-than-human world to exist, maintain, and regenerate life cycles and evolutionary processes. The collection illustrates how each of us, as members of diverse groups and as inhabitants of planet Earth have a stake in imagining and producing a common future.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Citizenship and Belonging.
1: Zora Neale Hurston and the Environmental Ethic of Risk.
2: Haitian Soil for the Citizen's Soul.
3: Intimate Cartographies: Navajo Ecological Citizenship, Soil Conservation, and Livestock Reduction.
4: Getting Back to an Imagined Nature: The Mannahatta Project and Environmental Justice.
5: The Oil Desert.
6: Japanese Roots in American Soil: National Belonging in David Mas Masumoto's Harvest Son and Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston's the Legend of Fire Horse Woman.
Border Ecologies.
7: Our Nations and All Our Relations Environmental Ethics in William S. Yellow Robe, Jr.'S the Council.
8: Preserving the Great White North Migratory Birds, Italian Immigrants, and the Making of Ecological Citizenship across the U.S.–Canada Border, 1900–1924.
9: Boundaries of Violence Water, Gender, and Development in Context.
10: U.S. Border Ecologies, Environmental Criticism, and Transnational American Studies.
11: Climate Justice and Trans-Pacific Indigenous Feminisms.
Ecological Citizenship in Action.
12: Roots of Nativist Environmentalism in America's Eden.
13: Wielding Common Wealth in Washington, DC, and Eastern Kentucky Creative Social Practice in Two Marginalized Communities.
14: Climate Justice Now! Imagining Grassroots Ecocosmopolitanism.
15: The Los Angeles Urban Rangers, Trailblazing the Commons.