Hilda Lloréns is a cultural anthropologist and a decolonial scholar. The thread that binds Dr. Lloréns’ scholarship is understanding how racial and gender inequality manifest itself in cultural production, nation-building, access to environmental resources, and exposure to environmental degradation.
In this essay, Hilda Lloréns argues that media depictions of Puerto Rican climate migrants tend to reinforce stereotypes about the “disastrous tropics” and portrayed climate migrants as in need of salvation. Lloréns posits that the media, and more importantly, the governments rarely address colonialism and its racialized oppressions and inequities-central factors of social instability, environmental decay, and migration.
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ONLINE ENGAGEMENT (Deadline 4/19 until 11:59 PM)
In the comment section below, pick and answer FOUR of these questions:
.Why do you think Lloréns starts with a quote from Derek Walcott about land dispossession, destruction, and people’s disappearance? (124)
.Describe the scenes at the airport in the days after the hurricane. How the news outlets interpreted these scenes of desperation? (124-6)
.What are the stereotypes behind the concept of the “disastrous tropics” exploited by the media? (127-8)
.How the dependency on fossil fuels and climate change are affecting island societies? (128)
.Why Lloréns argues that Puerto Ricans have LONG been economic and climate migrants? (130-131)
.According to Lloréns, why the media depict Puerto Ricans as “climate refugees”? (131-2)
.If the governments what to really prevent “death and suffering” and climate forced migrations, what situations Lloréns proposes they should tackle? (132-33)
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