By Rivke Jaffe

Within the well known mind's eye, the Caribbean islands signify tropical paradise. This picture, which attracts hundreds of thousands of holiday makers to the zone each year, underlies the efforts of many environmentalists to guard Caribbean coral reefs, mangroves, and rainforests. although, a gloomy facet to Caribbean environmentalism lies past the tourist's view in city parts the place the islands' poorer voters be afflicted by publicity to rubbish, untreated sewage, and pollution.

Concrete Jungles explores the explanations why those matters are usually neglected, demonstrating how mainstream environmentalism displays and reproduces category and race inequalities. according to over a decade of analysis in Kingston, Jamaica and Willemstad, Curaçao, Rivke Jaffe contrasts the environmentalism of principally middle-class execs with the environmentalism of inner-city citizens. The publication combines a cosmopolitan dialogue of the politics of distinction with wealthy ethnographic aspect, together with bright depictions of Caribbean ghettos and elite enclaves. Jaffe additionally extends her research past ethnographic learn, trying to comprehend the position of colonial heritage in shaping the present traits in pollutants and concrete area.

A thorough research of the hidden inequalities of mainstream environmentalism, Concrete Jungles provides a political ecology of city toxins with major implications for the way forward for environmentalism.

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The way nature and the environment are imagined and defined must be understood within spatially embedded and embodied contexts (Goldman and Schurman 2000). Different environmentalisms are developed in different spaces of residence, work, and leisure by people whose classed, raced, and gendered bodies experience their social and physical urban environments in different ways. The constitution of environmental knowledge and practice cannot be understood as separate from urban, national, and global regimes of power and their politics of difference.

Yet the two cities also have much in common, with each other and with a broad variety of other Caribbean cities. The region’s diverse territories share similar historical trajectories, characterized by European colonialism, slavery, and institutionalized racism. Following Sidney Mintz, the Caribbean can be understood as an oikoumêne, a framework within which historical processes 2 2 • C o n c r e t e Jungles combined to produce specific results. Mintz (1996, 297) underlines that “the societies of the Caribbean are differentiated not only internally in terms of class, ethnicity and other criteria, but also cross-​culturally.

Housing conditions are often miserable, with increasing numbers of people squatting in hazardous sites such as steep slopes and gully banks. Water supplies, sewerage, and waste disposal systems often lack the capacity to provide adequate services to the growing neighborhoods. There is a marked socio-​spatial schism between the “ghettos” and “garrisons” of Downtown and the spacious, well-​g uarded gated communities and “residential” areas of Uptown, a disparity that is described in more detail in Chapter Four.

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