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Toxic Research

Political Ecologies and the Matter of Damage

Noah Theriault and Simi Kang

In a world saturated by toxic substances, the plight of exposed populations has figured prominently in a transdisciplinary body of work that we call political ecologies of toxics. This has, in turn, sparked concerns about the unintended consequences of what Eve Tuck calls “damage-centered research,” which can magnify the very harms it seeks to mitigate. Here, we examine what political ecologists have done to address these concerns. Beginning with work that links toxic harm to broader forces of dispossession and violence, we turn next to reckonings with the queerness, generativity, and even protectiveness of toxics. Together, these studies reveal how the fetishization of purity obscures complex forms of toxic entanglement, stigmatizes “polluted” bodies, and can thereby do as much harm as toxics themselves. We conclude by showing, in dialog with Tuck, how a range of collaborative methodologies (feminist, decolonial, Indigenous, and more-than-human) have advanced our understanding of toxic harm while repositioning research as a form of community-led collective action.

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Decoupling Seascapes

An Anthropology of Marine Stock Enhancement Science in Japan

Shingo Hamada

fisherwomen working ashore, Probyn describes that fish may have one physical body but swim with multiple implications that were created in fishery management involving heterogeneous actors, including human and nonhuman beings and things. Her queer feminist

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Adolfo Lucero Álvarez, Columba Rodríguez Alviso, Oscar Frausto Martínez, José Luis Aparicio López, Alejandro Díaz Garay, and Maximino Reyes Umaña

queer community); three (11%) were aimed at individual resilience (mental health, psychiatric and psychological disorders); one (4%) was aimed at urban resilience; and one (4%) was aimed at economic resilience. Regarding the hurricanes studied, Table

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New Materialist Approaches to Fisheries

The Birth of “Bycatch”

Lauren Drakopulos

Materialism New materialism emerged in the late twentieth century, as a response to postmodernist social constructionism. New materialist theory comes from a diverse suite of disciplines including science studies, feminist and queer theory, anthropology