The Ecological Other
Environmental Exclusion in American Culture
Ray investigates three categories of ecological otherness: people with disabilities, immigrants, and Native Americans. Extending recent work in environmental justice ecocriticism, Ray argues that the expression of environmental disgust toward certain kinds of bodies draws problematic lines between ecological “subjects”—those who are good for and belong in nature—and ecological “others”—those who are threats to or out of place in nature. Ultimately, The Ecological Other urges us to be more critical of how we use nature as a tool of social control and to be careful about the ways in which we construct our arguments to ensure its protection.
The book challenges long-standing assumptions in environmentalism and will be of interest to those in environmental literature and history, American studies, disability studies, and Native American studies, as well as anyone concerned with issues of environmental justice.
“Ray challenges assumptions in the field of environmentalism in general and in environment and literature in particular. She raises crucial questions about the way that environmentalism excludes certain groups that environmentalists and environmental studies programs should seriously consider.”—Rachel Stein, author of New Perspectives on Environmental Justice: Gender, Sexuality, and Activism