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Border Walls Gone GreenNature and Anti-immigrant Politics in America$
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John Hultgren

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816694976

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816694976.001.0001

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Tear Down Those Walls

Tear Down Those Walls

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(p.173) Conclusion Tear Down Those Walls
Source:
Border Walls Gone Green
Author(s):

John Hultgren

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816694976.003.0007

The conclusion discusses how this book has suggested that “nature”—constructed as a source of intrinsic value—is today emerging as a prominent site of discursive struggle that is deployed by societal interests of many stripes. It also reflects on how each of the environmental restrictionist discourses that the author has outlined relies on a construction of crisis, and yet each conceptualizes and works to reconfigure the relationship between nature and sovereignty in ways that differ dramatically. The conclusion ends by thinking about how as the realities of climate change become ever more apparent, climactic shifts will begin to disrupt geopolitics and profit making as usual, and migrants seeking refuge from areas that are increasingly difficult to inhabit will foster social animus in their receiving communities. To counter the drive for border walls gone green, environmental politics requires a radical reformulated way of thinking about communities that includes a variety of cultures and non-humans.

Keywords:   nature, environmental restrictionist, crisis, sovereignty, climactic shifts, communities, migrants, cultures, non-humans

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