Energy Islands: Metaphors of Power, Extractivism, and Justice in Puerto Rico

Front Cover
University of California Press, 2021 - Energy policy - 280 pages
Energy Islands provides an urgent and nuanced portrait of collective action that resists racial capitalism, colonialism, and climate disruption. Weaving together historical and ethnographic research, Catalina M. de Onís challenges the master narratives of Puerto Rico as a tourist destination and site of "natural" disasters. She demonstrates how fossil-fuel economies are inextricably entwined with colonial practices and policies and how local community groups in Puerto Rico have struggled against energy coloniality and energy privilege to mobilize and transform power from the ground up. This work decenters continental contexts and deconstructs damaging hierarchies that devalue and exploit disenfranchised rural, coastal communities. Onís highlights and collaborates with individuals who refuse the cruel logics and discourses of empire and domination by imagining and implementing energy justice and other interconnected radical power transformations. Diving deeply into the concepts of energy, islands, and power, this book engages various metaphors for alternative world-making.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

About the author (2021)

Catalina M. de Onís is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver. She is the coauthor of the Spanish-language book "¡Ustedes tienen que limpiar las cenizas e irse de Puerto Rico para siempre!": la lucha por la justicia ambiental, climática y energética como trasfondo del verano de Revolución Boricua 2019.

Bibliographic information