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In Landscapes of Power Dana E. Powell examines the rise and fall of the controversial Desert Rock Power Plant initiative in New Mexico to trace the political conflicts surrounding native sovereignty and contemporary energy development on Navajo (Dine) Nation land. Powell's historical and ethnographic account shows how the coal-fired power plant project's defeat provided the basis for redefining the legacies of colonialism, mineral extraction, and environmentalism. Examining the labor of activists, artists, politicians, elders, technicians, and others, Powell emphasizes the generative potential of Navajo resistance to articulate a vision of autonomy in the face of twenty-first-century colonial conditions. Ultimately, Powell situates local Navajo struggles over energy technology and infrastructure within broader sociocultural life, debates over global climate change, and tribal, federal, and global politics of extraction.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780822369943
ISBN-10: 082236994X
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Duke University Press
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2018
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Dana E. Powell

Dana E. Powell is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Appalachian State University.

Books By Dana E. Powell

Landscapes of Power by Dana E. Powell
Hardback, January 2018