In Badin, North Carolina, a segregated aluminum company town established in the early 1900s, Black workers and residents have been discriminately exposed to lethal industrial toxins. Professor Vasudevan inventories how “racialized toxicity” operates: through everyday relations of care, corporate and state claims to innocence, and perversion of pleasurable environments. Situating Badin within a diffuse global geography of aluminum production, Professor Vasudevan examines how race and waste converge to make aluminum vital and valuable. Professor Vasudevan argues that forgotten places like Badin are crucial to understanding why racism underlies the environmental devastation of global capitalism.

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