Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: Anthropology and Environment Society
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists
Primary Theme: Environment and Environmental Inequality
Secondary Theme: Race
Racial capitalism (Robinson 1983) recognizes the inextricable relationship between processes of racialization and the emergence, reproduction, intensification and expansion of capitalist social relations. The differential valuing that constitutes racial capitalism fundamentally harnesses, applies to and works through the natural environment, transforming peoples and places/environments simultaneously (Pulido 2016). Taking these linkages between racial capitalism and environment as a starting point, this panel contends with the possibilities and limits of resistance and being that emerge out of, exist in relation to, and seek to transform racialized processes of enclosure, dispossession, accumulation and commodification across places and times. How are people generating ecological modes of collective and communal being otherwise, within, or aside from racial capitalism? How do people resist and exist within and against the ecological and economic imperatives of racializing processes? What kinds of narratives, land practices, knowledge systems, political discourses and reciprocal relations do groups create? What are the intersections between land and collective being? The papers in this panel consider contexts ranging from the vibrant matter of immigrant urban gardening in San Jose, California; rural Afro-Caribbean Belizean Creole people and the transnational ecotourism, conservation and migration with which they live; indigenous and mestizo communities contending with dispossession, deforestation and industrial agriculture in Paraguay; imaginaries of development and epistemic (in)justices in the making and contesting of a REDD+ program in Ecuador; and transregional environmental justice activists who articulate solidarity through climate discourse.