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Concrete Jungles: Urban Pollution and the Politics of Difference in the Caribbean

Rivke Jaffe


In the popular imagination, Caribbean islands represent tropical paradise. This image underlies the efforts of many environmentalists to protect Caribbean coral reefs, mangroves, and rainforests. Much less attention is given to environmental conditions in urban areas, where the islands’ poorer citizens suffer from exposure to garbage, untreated sewage, and air pollution. Concrete Jungles explores why these issues tend to be ignored, demonstrating how mainstream environmentalism reflects and reproduces class and race inequalities. Based on over a decade of research in Kingston, Jamaica, and Wil ... More

Keywords: pollution, cities, environmental justice, race, class, Caribbean, Jamaica, Curaçao, social movements, anthropology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190273583
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190273583.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rivke Jaffe, author
Associate Professor, University of Amsterdam