Ray publishes book on “Ecological Others”
The book begins by tracing the roots of environmentalism to the nineteenth century
The University of Arizona press has announced a new book by English faculty member Sarah Jacquette Ray. The Ecological Other: Environmental Exclusion in American Culture will be published in May. The publisher is taking pre-orders. Ray argues that mainstream environmentalism, and narratives of nature more broadly, can reinforce social hierarchies related to race, national origin, and ability, even as environmentalism seeks to challenge many other forms of domination. The book begins by tracing the roots of environmentalism to the nineteenth century, focusing in particular on its role in the emergence of U.S. empire and racialized and patriarchal conceptions of national identity. In three chapters, the book analyzes discrete case studies of ecological others— people with disabilities, Native Americans, and undocumented immigrants—to demonstrate the legacy of nineteenth-century environmentalism in contemporary environmental thought and literature.