Urban History Seminar November 2016: Rivke Jaffe
“Concrete Jungles: Urban Pollution and the Politics of Difference in the Caribbean”
Rivke Jaffe is Professor of Cities, Politics and Culture at the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies and the Centre for Urban Studies within the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. She will present part of her research for her new book Concrete Jungles (Oxford University Press, 2016)
Based on over a decade of research in Kingston, Jamaica and Willemstad, Curaçao, Rivke Jaffe contrasts the environmentalism of largely middle-class professionals with the environmentalism of inner-city residents. Concrete Jungles combines ethnographic research of Caribbean ghettos and elite enclaves with an analysis of the role of colonial history in shaping the current trends in pollution and urban space. In doing so, Jaffe provides a political ecology of urban pollution with significant implications for the future of environmentalism in a region that has been represented in popular imagination as tropical paradise.
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