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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Everyday Exposure

Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada’s Chemical Valley

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Everyday Exposure

Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada’s Chemical Valley

Surrounded by Canada’s densest concentration of chemical manufacturing plants, members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation express concern about a declining male birth rate and high incidences of miscarriage, asthma, cancer, and cardiovascular illness. Everyday Exposure uncovers the systemic injustices they face as they fight for environmental justice. Exploring the problems that conflicting levels of jurisdiction pose for the creation of effective policy, analyzing clashes between Indigenous and scientific knowledge, and documenting the experiences of Aamjiwnaang residents as they navigate their toxic environment, this book argues that social and political change requires a transformative “sensing policy” approach, one that takes the voices of Indigenous citizens seriously.


280 pages


Table of Contents

Foreword: A Canadian Tragedy / James Tully

Preface

Photo Essay #1: Atmosphere

1 Skeletons in the Closet: Citizen Wounding and the Biopolitics of Injustice

2 Sensing Policy: An Affective Framework of Analysis

3 State Nerves: The Many Layers of Indigenous Environmental Justice

Photo Essay #2: Life

4 Home Is Where the Heart Is: Lived Experience in Aamjiwnaang

5 Digesting Space: The Geopolitics of Everyday Life

6 Seeking Reproductive Justice: Situated Bodies of Knowledge

7 Shelter-in-Place? Immune No More and Idle No More

Photo Essay #3: Resurgence

Appendices

Notes; References; Index

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