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A cutting exploration of how cities drive climate change while being on the frontlines of the coming climate crisisHow will climate change affect our lives? Where will its impacts be most deeply felt? Are we doing enough to protect ourselves from the coming chaos? In Extreme Cities, Ashley Dawson argues that cities are ground zero for climate change, contributing the lion's share of carbon to the atmosphere, while also lying on the frontlines of rising sea levels. Today, the majority of the world's megacities are located in coastal zones, yet few of them are adequately prepared for the floods that will increasingly menace their shores. Instead, most continue to develop luxury waterfront condos for the elite and industrial facilities for corporations.

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Ashley Dawson

Ashley Dawson is Professor of English at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His field of specialization is postcolonial studies. Areas of interest of his include the experience and literature of migration, including movement from colonial and postcolonial nations to the former imperial center (Britain in particular) and from rural areas to mega-cities of the global South such as Lagos and Mumbai. He has also worked on contemporary discourses of U.S. imperialism, on the rhizomatic organizing forms of the global justice movement, and on emerging global discourses of environmental governance.

Dawson is the author of "Extinction: A Radical History" (O/R Books, 2016) , "The Routledge Concise History of Twentieth-Century British Literature" (Routledge, 2013) , and "Mongrel Nation: Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain" (University of Michigan Press, 2007) , and co-editor of "Against Apartheid: The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities" (Haymarket, 2015) , "The State, Democracy, and the Struggle for Global Justice" (Routledge, 2009) , "Dangerous Professors: Academic Freedom and the National Security Campus" (University of Michigan Press, 2009) , and "Exceptional State: Contemporary U.S. Culture and the New Imperialism" (Duke University Press, 2007) .

He has published articles in journals such as African Studies Review, Atlantic Studies, Cultural Critique, Interventions, Jouvert, Postcolonial Studies, Postmodern Culture, Screen, Small Axe, and Social Text.

He blogs regularly at ashleydawson.info

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