Black Faces, White Spaces
Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors
By Carolyn Finney
194 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 5 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-1448-9
Published: June 2014
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-1449-6
Published: June 2014
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Drawing on a variety of sources from film, literature, and popular culture, and analyzing different historical moments, including the establishment of the Wilderness Act in 1964 and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Finney reveals the perceived and real ways in which nature and the environment are racialized in America. Looking toward the future, she also highlights the work of African Americans who are opening doors to greater participation in environmental and conservation concerns.
About the Author
Carolyn Finney is assistant professor of geography at the University of Kentucky.
For more information about Carolyn Finney, visit the Author Page.
“Makes a clear case for the dominant culture’s habitual (though, sometimes unwitting) rejection of African Americans.”—Library Journal, starred review
“Weaving scholarly analysis with interviews of leading black environmentalists and ordinary Americans, Finney traces the environmental legacy of slavery and Jim Crow segregation, which mapped the wilderness as a terrain of extreme terror and struggle for generations of blacks—as well as a place of refuge.”—Boston Globe
"A must-read for those who hope to make the parks matter to diverse populations."—Sierra
“Finney’s exemplary work moves beyond a critique of the movement and popular culture. It carves through multiple layers of meaning to excavate unique moments of African American environmental history that demand retelling.”—CHOICE
"Offers an engaging interdisciplinary analysis of the historical conditions that shape the whiteness of 'Nature' in the United States."—American Book Review
"A wonderfully written and deeply insightful book that convincingly explodes the one-size-fits-all narrative of how nature in the United States is both often imagined to be racialized and is, in fact, racialized. Given the white privileging of geography, the sorts of intellectual-cultural insights offered here could very well be transformative. This book will stand alone in the field of geographic treatments of race and nature."--Nik Heynen, University of Georgia
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