Environmentalism and Economic Justice: Two Chicano Struggles in the Southwest / Edition 1

Environmentalism and Economic Justice: Two Chicano Struggles in the Southwest / Edition 1

by Laura Pulido
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816516057

ISBN-13: 9780816516056

Pub. Date: 02/01/1996

Publisher: University of Arizona Press


Ecological causes are championed not only by lobbyists or hikers. While mainstream environmentalism is usually characterized by well-financed, highly structured organizations operating on a national scale, campaigns for environmental justice are often fought by poor or minority communities. Environmentalism and Economic Justice is one of the first…  See more details below

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Ecological causes are championed not only by lobbyists or hikers. While mainstream environmentalism is usually characterized by well-financed, highly structured organizations operating on a national scale, campaigns for environmental justice are often fought by poor or minority communities. Environmentalism and Economic Justice is one of the first books devoted to Chicano environmental issues and is a study of U.S. environmentalism in transition as seen through the contributions of people of color. It elucidates the various forces driving and shaping two important examples of environmental organizing: the 1965-71 pesticide campaign of the United Farm Workers and a grazing conflict between a Hispano cooperative and mainstream environmentalists in northern New Mexico. The UFW example is one of workers highly marginalized by racism, whose struggle--as much for identity as for a union contract--resulted in boycotts of produce at the national level. The case of the grazing cooperative Ganados del Valle, which sought access to land set aside for elk hunting, represents a subaltern group fighting the elitism of natural resource policy in an effort to pursue a pastoral lifestyle. In both instances Pulido details the ways in which racism and economic subordination create subaltern communities, and shows how these groups use available resources to mobilize and improve their social, economic, and environmental conditions. Environmentalism and Economic Justice reveals that the environmental struggles of Chicano communities do not fit the mold of mainstream environmentalism, as they combine economic, identity, and quality-of-life issues. Examination of the forces that create and shape these grassroots movements clearly demonstrates that environmentalism needs to be sensitive to local issues, economically empowering, and respectful of ethnic and cultural diversity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816516056
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
02/01/1996
Series:
Society, Environment, and Place Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Preface
1Subaltern Environmental Struggles3
2Poverty, "Race," and Identity in the Creation of Subalternity31
3The Pesticide Campaign of the UFW Organizing Committee, 1965-7137
4Ganados del Valle: Resource Management as Contested Terrain125
5Politics, Identity, and the Future of Environmentalism191
Notes213
Bibliography229
Index271

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