My book project, Unapparent Risk: The Deepwater Horizon Disaster and Rhetorics of Efficiency, uses apparent feminism to critique normative framings of efficiency in post-disaster communications related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. Such normative frames require that we understand risk, ecology, economy, and health (particularly women’s health) in particular ways; this book argues for a revised understanding of efficiency so that we might invest in revised understandings of those dependent terms in order to tell disaster histories differently.
This book’s primary audience will be scholars of technical communication, a growing and interdisciplinary field. It will also be useful those interested in risk and public health. Additionally, the lay public will find this information engaging since it directly affects public health.
This book can help readers to think through the complicated ways in which government sponsorship of particular industries creates responsibilities, and the ways in which economy, ecology, and human health are intertwined. It also sheds light and how we talk about economy, ecology, and human health, and why these patterns have come into existence. In short, this book can help readers to take on new and potentially more rewarding perspectives in thinking about economy, ecology, and health.
I hope to secure an academic publisher for this book project in the coming year so as to capitalize on the approaching 10-year anniversary of the Deepwater disaster.