This essay considers the changing relationship between asbestos and populism, as both terms travel across different semantic contexts. It argues that this dynamic relationship can help to outline a populist ecology, through which resource actors such as asbestos play a more significant role than either populist leaders or their people anticipate. Drawing on David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest as a site for examining the implications of this asbestos-inflected populist ecology, the essay suggests new ways of linking the recent populism of Donald Trump to an older, more articulate populism, exemplified by Pierre Trudeau.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies|
|Publication status||Published - 29 Jul 2020|
- Infinite Jest
- Donald Trump
- Pierre Trudeau