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Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors

Carolyn Finney


Why are African Americans so underrepresented when it comes to interest in nature, outdoor recreation, and environmentalism? This study looks beyond the discourse of the environmental justice movement to examine how the natural environment has been understood, commodified, and represented by both white and black Americans. Bridging the fields of environmental history, cultural studies, critical race studies, and geography, it argues that the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial violence have shaped cultural understandings of the “great outdoors” and determined who should and can have acce ... More

Keywords: African Americans, environmentalism, environmental justice movement, natural environment, environmental history, cultural studies, critical race studies, geography, slavery, Jim Crow

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469614489
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469614489.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn Finney, author