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Bodies on the Line: The In/Security of Everyday Life in Aamjiwnaang

  • Sarah Marie Wiebe
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Abstract

When you walk onto the Aamjiwnaang First Nations reserve, residents tell you to pay attention to your body.1 Your lips might tingle, your body temperature may rise, a rash may appear, you may get a headache; you will smell the stench of pollution in the air. Smokestacks on the horizon dominate the landscape. Your heart may race as fear and anxiety about the unknown health effects set in. Psychosomatic affect becomes a real, embodied experience. Community members express anger, laugh off the experiences through black humour, or turn inward and deny their circumstances (Luginaah, Smith and Lockridge, 2010). These are common emotions of normalization, for those living amidst uncertainty ‘on the volcano of civilization’ at the ‘contours of a risk society’ (Beck, 1986). This chapter is about the location of risk and insecurities of everyday life, where some bodies are emplaced in vulnerable environments, bearing the burden of modern civilization more so than others.

Keywords

Indigenous People Endocrine Disruptor Indigenous Woman Risk Society Environmental Health Perspective 
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