Anthropology PhD student Veronica Vicencio Diaz has published a book review in the latest edition of Anthropologica, titled, “Decolonizing Extinction: The Work of Care in Orangutan Rehabilitation, by Juno Salazar Parreñas“.
Read an excerpt below:
Juno Salazar Parreñas explores the theory of decolonization in Sarawak, Malaysia, a territory shaped by colonial legacies and postcolonial institutions. This book analyzes the politics of extinction from the feminist perspective of gender, sexuality, and social inequalities between humans and nonhumans (primarily orangutans but also turtles, crocodiles, sun bears as well as microbes and other biological agents and natural substances like rocks, trees, forest, etcetera). The author focuses on the continued colonialism of the region and its impact on humans, particularly displaced Indigenous people residing in Sarawak, and nonhumans, particularly displaced orangutans.