Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors

Carolyn Finney

Geographer Carolyn Finney wrote Black Faces, White Spaces: Re-imagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), out of a frustration with the dominant environmental discourse that, she asserts, doesn’t fully take into consideration the perspectives and interests of African Americans. Finney takes care to recognize the multiplicity of African American relationships to the natural environment and to the environmental movement, broadly understood. Finney’s approach to the subject matter, in which the personal (family history and her  personal politics) is fully integrated into her scholarly project, is deliberately directed to a diverse audience in order to allow the broadest possible cross section of readers to engage meaningfully with issues surrounding the environmental movement and natural resource management in the United States.

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