Making Livable Worlds
Afro-Puerto Rican Women Building Environmental Justice
- PUBLISHED: November 2021
- SUBJECT LISTING: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, African American Studies, Latinx Studies, Anthropology, Environmental Studies
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 224 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 5 b&w illus.
- SERIES: Decolonizing Feminisms
- ISBN: 9780295749396
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
When Hurricanes Irma and María made landfall in Puerto Rico in September 2017, their destructive force further devastated an archipelago already pummeled by economic austerity, political upheaval, and environmental calamities. To navigate these multiple ongoing crises, Afro–Puerto Rican women have drawn from their cultural knowledge to engage in daily improvisations that enable their communities to survive and thrive. Their life-affirming practices, developed and passed down through generations, offer powerful modes of resistance to gendered and racialized exploitation, ecological ruination, and deepening capitalist extraction. Through solidarity, reciprocity, and an ethics of care, these women create restorative alternatives to dispossession to produce good, meaningful lives for their communities.
Making Livable Worlds weaves together autobiography, ethnography, interviews, memories, and fieldwork to recast narratives that continuously erase Black Puerto Rican women as agents of social change. In doing so, Lloréns serves as an “ethnographer of home” as she brings to life the powerful histories and testimonies of a marginalized, disavowed community that has been treated as disposable.
Authors & Contributors
Hilda Lloréns is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Rhode Island and author of Imaging the Great Puerto Rican Family: Framing Nation, Race, and Gender during the American Century.
With memories and stories at the forefront, the book is a magisterial contribution to the discipline of anthropology.- North American Congress on Latin America
An ambitious narrative that makes a significant contribution to the recent history of Puerto Rico, the emergent environmental movement, and how Black Puerto Rican women have been agents of social change as community leaders, mothers, workers, and storytellers.- Maura Toro-Morn, Illinois State University
By centering her own experience and the voices of the Afro-Puerto Rican women, Lloréns makes an essential empirical and theoretical intervention.- Miranda Martinez, Ohio State University
A remarkable book, firmly grounded in ordinary—yet extraordinary—Black Puerto Rican women’s everyday eco-feminism, and informed by important interventions that diverse Afro-descendant feminists have made in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States.- Faye V. Harrison, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign