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Migrants and the making of the American landscape
Filosofi och historia, KTH, Skolan för arkitektur och samhällsbyggnad (ABE), Filosofi och teknikhistoria, Historiska studier av teknik, vetenskap och miljö. (Environmental Humanities Laboratory)
2017 (Engelska)Ingår i: Environmental History of Modern Migrations / [ed] Marco Armiero and Richard Tucker, London: Routledge, 2017, s. 53-70Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Refereegranskat)
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In this chapter I will explore how migrants have adapted, fought with, and reshaped the environment they moved into, changing themselves and nature at the same time. Their tools, skills, knowledge, even their ethnic identities and solidarity, interacted with the local natural resources. Immigrants have looked at nature with different eyes; sometimes they saw natural resources where others could not see anything (for instance, in the case of urban commons); they adapted themselves or fought against the landscape they arrived in (as in the case of Southern plantations in the Mississippi Delta or the making of California’s agricultural landscape); their bodies became part of the capitalistic ecologies of industrial and mining production transforming both the external and the internal nature. While in the classical narrative pioneers entered, settled, and coped with a natural environment they heroically tamed, in this chapter I argue that immigrants’ environments were never only “natural.” Those were racialized landscapes, where class, law, and property rights were influential at least as much as soil, climate, viruses, or wild animals. Therefore, rather than speaking of how immigrants shaped or adapted to the “natural” environment, it seems more appropriate to analyze the metabolic relationships between immigrants and the socionatures in which they settled. I will do so employing several examples from the history of various immigrants’ groups, especially Italians, in the United States.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
London: Routledge, 2017. s. 53-70
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Environmental Humanities
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Migration, Environment, History
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Historiska studier av teknik, vetenskap och miljö
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-217114Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85024899837ISBN: 978-1-138-84317-2 (tryckt)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-217114DiVA, id: diva2:1153908
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Tillgänglig från: 2017-10-31 Skapad: 2017-10-31 Senast uppdaterad: 2018-12-03Bibliografiskt granskad

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