Anthropologist Hilda Lloréns describes her book as an

auto theoretical and engaged ethnographic reflection, as well as a critical description of what it means to be living in a United States colonial archipelago of small islands living with, living through, and struggling against the powerful forces of the present.1

In truth, Making Livable Worlds is a reckoning with the lies we often tell ourselves about race and racism in Puerto Rico. Specifically, Lloréns studies the environmental activism of Black and Afro-Puerto Rican women in the southeastern region of the main island and, in doing so, looks to shed light on the multifarious but oft-ignored ways in which racism—at the systemic level—has relegated Black communities to precarity, political disenfranchisement, and discursive invisibility. Lloréns’s work is part of a relatively recent, urgent, and inspiring corpus of critical writing and research centering on racism and/or applying an intersectional lens to contemporary Puerto...

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