Aeolian politics and the duograph

Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer have crafted two eloquent accounts of the turbulent, aeolian politics that unfolded during their 16-month-long field research in Mexico’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec, between 2009 and 2013. A gap in the Sierra Madre mountain range forms an extraordinary wind tunnel in the isthmus, making the region a convenient site for renewable energy production. Yet, local expectations have been overlooked. At the same time, the model of wind development that dominates the isthmus has failed to disrupt the toxic kinds of relatedness that made it necessary to build wind parks in the first place. These contradictions become pivotal in the stories that unfold in Howe’s and Boyer’s duograph Wind and Power in the Anthropocene. Read my review online or download a pdf.