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Landscapes of Power: Politics of Energy in the Navajo Nation

Category: Book
By (author): Powell, Dana E
Series: New Ecologies For The Twenty-first Century
Subject:  NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Published: January 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*In Landscapes of Power Dana E. Powell examines the rise and fall of the controversial Desert Rock Power Plant initiative in New Mexico to trace the political conflicts surrounding native sovereignty and contemporary energy development on Navajo (Diné) Nation land. Powells historical and ethnographic account shows how the coal-fired power plant projects defeat provided the basis for redefining the legacies of colonialism, mineral extraction, and environmentalism. Examining the labor of activists, artists, politicians, elders, technicians, and others, Powell emphasizes the generative potential of Navajo resistance to articulate a vision of autonomy in the face of twenty-first-century colonial conditions. Ultimately, Powell situates local Navajo struggles over energy technology and infrastructure within broader sociocultural life, debates over global climate change, and tribal, federal, and global politics of extraction.
From The Publisher*In Landscapes of Power Dana E. Powell takes an historical and ethnographic approach to understanding how a controversial coal power plant slated for development in the Navajo (Diné) Nation was defeated and, in the process of its destruction, generated the conditions for new understandings of indigenous environmentalism to emerge.
Review Quote*"Powells book is impressive and creative. Essential reading for scholars of the Navajo nation and Indian country more broadly. Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals."
Review Quote*"Dana Powell's Landscapes of Power offers a fresh, astute, and important look at contemporary life within the context of energy politics on an American Indian Reservation in what is arguably the first modern and consciously post-colonial ethnography of the Diné. This book should draw interest from a broad range of readers."
Biographical NoteDana E. Powell is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Appalachian State University.