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Seeking Justice in an Energy Sacrifice Zone
Standing on Vanishing Land in Coastal Louisiana

ISBN 9781629584010
Published September 14, 2018 by Routledge
190 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Seeking Justice in an Energy Sacrifice Zone is an ethnography of the lived experience of rapid environmental change in coastal Louisiana, USA. Writing from a political ecology perspective, Maldonado explores the effects of changes to localized climate and ecology on the Isle de Jean Charles, Grand Caillou/Dulac, and Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribes. Focusing in particular on wide-ranging displacement effects, she argues that changes to climate and ecology should not be viewed in isolation as only physical processes but as part of wider socio-political and historical contexts. The book is valuable reading for students and scholars in the fields of anthropology, sociology, geography, environmental studies and disaster studies as well as public policy and planning.

Table of Contents


1. A Climate of Change

2. Entrée into Coastal Louisiana: Seeing the Unexpected

3. Co-occurring and Accumulating Disasters

4. A Legacy of Atrocities: Establishing an Energy Sacrifice Zone 

5. Corexit to Forget It: The BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster

6. Adaptation and Resistance

7. Community-led Resettlement: Obstacles, Challenges, and Opportunities

8. A Call to Action: “We Have Got to Slow the Rising Tide”


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Julie K. Maldonado is Director of Research for the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN) and a lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of California-Santa Barbara, USA. She works with the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and co-facilitates "Rising Voices: Collaborative Science with Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Solutions". Her work focuses on climate adaptation, disasters, displacement, resettlement, and environmental and climate justice.