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Flammable: Environmental Suffering in an Argentine Shantytown (Paperback)Javier Auyero (author), Debora Alejandra Swistun (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 338 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 16 mm
In this stunning book, Auyero and Swistun dissect the 'slow-motion human and environmental disaster' wrought by the noxious mix of economic dispossession and extreme pollution in a slum of Buenos Aires. By disclosing how residents experience 'toxic uncertainty' in everyday life, they show why this poisonous habitat not only assaults their individual bodies, but also ravages their social defenses and cultural immunity. With its deft integration of fieldwork, social theory, and narrative, Flammable is a signal contribution that will be widely discussed, often emulated, but not surpassed for a long time to come. * Loic Wacquant, author of Urban Outcasts *
This brilliant ethnography of a polluted shantytown opens a new theoretical and topical frontier for urban poverty studies. The authors show how impoverished, poisoned residents, compelled to scramble for their daily economic survival in the context of larger political economic forces, are buffeted by competing discourses of agents of the state and civil society. They become trapped in a misrecognized toxic environment that imposes tremendous and ongoing physical suffering, psychic anxiety, and paralyzing uncertainty on them. * Philippe Bourgois, author of In Search of Respect *
A powerful study of environmental abuse and 'toxic suffering,' this will acquaint readers in a personal way with a troubling and too-common plight. * Publishers Weekly *
...Distinct from much of the social movement literature, and also the ethnographies of the poor. * Contemporary Sociology *
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