This photo-essay examines how the leasing of private and public land for shale gas extraction (“fracking”) in Pennsylvania has initiated a “tragedy of the commons” in historically communal locales, degrading common-pool resources and weakening long-standing norms of sovereignty and reciprocity.
Colin Jerolmack is an associate professor of sociology and environmental studies at New York University. He is currently writing a book about the impact of fracking on rural community life and is the author of The Global Pigeon (2013).
Nina Berman is a documentary photographer and associate professor in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is the author of two monographs: Purple Hearts—Back from Iraq (2004) and Homeland (2008), which examine the aftermath of war and the militarization of American life. Her work has been exhibited at more than one hundred international venues, including the Whitney Museum of American Art 2010 Biennial.
Colin Jerolmack, Nina Berman; Fracking Communities. Public Culture 1 May 2016; 28 (2 (79)): 193–214. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-3427523
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