Death to Disposability in the North Pacific Gyre

Authors: Maya Weeks*, UC Davis
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology, Coastal and Marine, Political Geography
Keywords: oceans, waste, gender, geoengineering, feminist political ecology
Session Type: Virtual Paper
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Pollution, predominantly plastics, pervades the world’s oceans. With a case study of an oceanic geoengineering project, this article argues that this pollution is a product of capitalism and a form of gendered violence that takes place on a structural, political-economic scale and that attempts to collect it from the open ocean in a process of enclosure embody extractive economics and neocolonialism. This article examines these political-economic violences of marine debris in the form of enclosure practices that territorialize oceanic space with discourse analysis and close reading of a case study on a nonprofit organization planning to collect and remove marine debris in the open North Pacific Ocean.

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