Environmental Justice in Latin America: Problems, Promise, and Practice

Environmental Justice in Latin America: Problems, Promise, and Practice

by David V. Carruthers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262533006

ISBN-13: 9780262533003

Pub. Date: 02/15/2008

Publisher: MIT Press

Environmental justice concerns form an important part of popular environmental movements in many countries. Activists, scholars, and policymakers in the developing world, for example, increasingly use the tools of environmental justice to link concerns over social justice and environmental well-being. Environmental Justice in Latin America investigates the emergence

Overview

Environmental justice concerns form an important part of popular environmental movements in many countries. Activists, scholars, and policymakers in the developing world, for example, increasingly use the tools of environmental justice to link concerns over social justice and environmental well-being. Environmental Justice in Latin America investigates the emergence of a distinctively Latin American environmental justice movement, offering analyses and case studies that examine both the promise and the limits of environmental justice in Latin America and the Caribbean-both as a rallying point for popular mobilization and as a set of principles for analysis and policymaking.

After considering such conceptual issues as the connection between environmental conditions and race, trade, and social justice, the book presents a series of case studies. These studies focus first on industrial development, examining such topics as social tension over "megadevelopment" projects in Argentina and the concentrated industrial waste hazards of the export assembly plants on the U.S.-Mexico border, and then on the power and politics involved in land and resource use. Other chapters explore ecotourism, inequitable land distribution in Brazil, the ongoing struggle for justice and accountability over the former U.S. Navy bombing range in Vieques, Puerto Rico, and water policy in Chile, Bolivia, and Mexico. Taken together, the analyses and case studies suggest that environmental justice-which highlights both broader issues of global injustice and local concerns-holds tremendous promise as a way to understand and address environmental inequities in Latin America and elsewhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262533003
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/15/2008
Series:
Urban and Industrial Environments
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: Popular Environmentalism and Social Justice in Latin America   David V. Carruthers     1
Environmental Justice in Latin America? Global and Conceptual Challenges
Tracing Race: Mapping Environmental Formations in Environmental Justice Research in Latin America   Juanita Sundberg     25
Contesting Trade Politics in the Americas: The Politics of Environmental Justice   Peter Newell     49
Grassroots Reframing of Environmental Struggles in Brazil   Henri Acselrad     75
Industrial Development and Environmental Justice
Environmental Conflicts and Environmental Justice in Argentina   Carlos Reboratti     101
Waste Practices and Politics: The Case of Oaxaca, Mexico   Sarah A. Moore     119
Where Local Meets Global: Environmental Justice on the US-Mexico Border   David V. Carruthers     137
Environmental Justice in Mexico: The Penoles Case   Jordi Diez   Reyes Rodriguez     161
Land, Resources, and Environmental Justice
Ecotourism, Park Systems, and Environmental Justice in Latin America   Michele Zebich-Knos     185
Environmental Justice and Agricultural Development in the Brazilian Cerrado   Wendy Wolford     213
Popular Protest and Unpopular Policies: State Restructuring, ResourceConflict, and Social Justice in Bolivia   Tom Perreault     239
The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Vieques, Puerto Rico   Katherine T. McCaffrey     263
Cultural Politics and the Essence of Life: Who Controls the Water?   Stefanie Wickstrom     287
About the Contributors     321
Series List     323
Index     325

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