Slow violence from climate change toxic drift deforestation oil spills and the environmental aftermath of war occurs gradually and often invisibly rob nixon focuses on the inattention we have paid to the lethality of many environmental crises in contrast with the sensational spectacle driven messaging that impels public activism today. Slow violence and the environmentalism of the poor was for me a journey through literature culture and politics that revealed much that has been kept below the radar of our awareness and deeply stamps the american way of life complicity in our accelerating race to destroy the world as we know it. Slow violence and the environmentalism of the poor rob nixon p cm includes bibliographical references and index isbn 978 0 674 04930 7 alk paper 1 commonwealth literature english history and criticism 2 american literature history and criticism 3 ecology in literature 4 environmentalism in literature 5 human ecology in . Rob nixons slow violence and the environmentalism of the poor was published this spring by harvard university press nixons work has been crucial to articulating the conjunction as well as the fault lines between postcolonial studies and ecocriticism. 4 slow violence gender and the environmentalism of the poor pp 128 149 kenyas green belt movement cofounded by wangari maathai serves as an animating instance of environmental activism among poor communities who have mobilized against slow violence in this case the gradual violence of deforestation and soil erosion
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