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Chris Campbell and Michael Niblett

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382950

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382950.001.0001

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Ecology, Identity, and Colonialism in Martinique: The Discourse of an Environmental NGO (1980–2011)

Ecology, Identity, and Colonialism in Martinique: The Discourse of an Environmental NGO (1980–2011)

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(p.174) Chapter Nine Ecology, Identity, and Colonialism in Martinique: The Discourse of an Environmental NGO (1980–2011)
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The Caribbean
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Malcom Ferdinand

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781382950.003.0011

In this chapter, Malcom Ferdinand explores the interweaving of the narratives of ‘ecology’ and ‘colonialism’ in Martinique, focusing in particular on the way activists from the environmental NGO ASSAUPAMAR (‘Association Pour La Sauvegarde Du Patrimoine Martiniquais’/‘Organisation for the Preservation of the Martinican Heritage’) relate their ecological concerns to the colonial history of the island. The chapter examines the epistemologies surrounding various environmental conflicts and shows how issues such as the scandal over the continued use of the chloredécone pesticide in Martinique (after it had been banned in France) are linked to struggles over cultural identity. Ultimately, the essay excavates how the activists of ASSAUPAMAR have narrated their claims to the preservation of the Martinican landscape and the history to which it testifies.

Keywords:   Martinique, ecology, cultural identity, colonialism, ASSAUPAMAR, tourism, chloredécone, environmentalism

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