“How Does It Feel to Be an Environmental Problem?
Studying Religion and Ecology in the African Diaspora” in Inherited Land: The Changing Grounds of
Religion and Ecology, Whitney Bauman, Kevin O’Brien, and Richard Bohannan (eds.). Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2011. This book truly represents a turning point in Religion & Ecology Studies.
I begin my chapter by demonstrating how environmental racism has become a signifier and proxy for African American religions and ecology within the field of Religion & Ecology. It is a reductionism that needs to be deconstructed by moving away from the “world religions’ approach to African American Religions and towards approaches that take globalization and diaspora into consideration. I also map out what studying religion & ecology in the African Diaspora could be by addressing some theoretical & methodological issues. The concept ‘Transcultural Ecological Knowledge’ is introduced to describe the ecological knowledge of diasporic and migrating groups that fall in-between Western/Indigenous binaries.