Migration and Climate Change
3 CLIMATE LAW 314, 2012
5 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2019
Date Written: January 1, 2012
Gertrude Stein's famous declaration, "there is no there there", has been used to describe myriad circumstances. Generally understood to convey a sense of place, some have argued that the space she describes is without passion or focus. It was not a place with distinct characteristics that her commonly trenchant observation could serve. Others have theorized that upon her return to her childhood home of Oakland-which had changed dramatically since she had departed-saying there was "no there there" was an expression of "painful nostalgia". Her home was gone, and the pastoral place she remembered had changed completely and irrevocably. Upon completing Migration and Climate Change-a book seeking to capture the complexity of climate-induced migration-the question that arose for this reader was: is there a there?
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