Week 02: Louisiana's Cancer Alley

APRIL 22, 2021


Read: Fortun, K. (2012). Ethnography in Late Industrialism. Cultural Anthropology 27/3, 446–464. (link)

Explore: Sugar Plantations, Chemical Plants, Covid-19. Disaster STS Research Network. (link)

Explore: Formosa Plastics Global Archive. Disaster STS Research Network. (link)


Markowitz, G., & Rosner, D. (2013). Ol’Man River or Cancer Alley?. In Deceit and Denial (pp. 234-262). University of California Press.

Davies, T. (2019). Slow violence and toxic geographies:‘Out of sight’to whom?. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. (link)

Ludwig, J. (2021). The Anthropocene blues: Notes from Mississippi. The Anthropocene Review. (link)

Yusoff, K. (2018). A billion black Anthropocenes or none. University of Minnesota Press. Chicago. (link)

see also this book review by Gray (2019).

Key concept

late industrialism


Review shared research scope document and look up potential research sites for a petrochemical case study (in Germany or elsewhere).