Environmentalism Unbound: Exploring New Pathways for Change

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In Environmentalism Unbound, Robert Gottlieb proposes a new strategy for social and environmental change that involves reframing and linking the movements for environmental justice and pollution prevention. According to Gottlieb, the environmental movement's narrow conception of environment has isolated it from vital issues of everyday life, such as workplace safety, healthy communities, and food security, that are often viewed separately as industrial, community, or agricultural concerns. This fragmented approach prevents an awareness of how these issues are also environmental issues.After tracing a history of environmental perspectives on land and resources, city and countryside, and work and industry, Gottlieb focuses on three compelling examples of this new approach to social and environmental change.
The first involves a small industry (dry cleaning) and the debate over pollution prevention approaches; the second involves a set of products (janitorial cleaning supplies) that may be hazardous to workers; and the third explores the obstacles and opportunities presented by community or regional approaches to food supply in the face of an increasingly globalized food system.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Environmentalism Unbound is cogent and visionary." Chip Ward Washington

The MIT Press

"Environmentalism Unbound is a convincing nudge in a positive direction.
Gottlieb leaves us with much food for thought." Stacey Swearingen White Journal of the American Planning Association

The MIT Press

" Environmentalism Unbound is cogent and visionary."
Chip Ward Washington Post Book World

The MIT Press

Carl Anthony
A powerful interpretation of environmentalism and a trenchant critique of established environmental organizations.
Urban Habitat Program
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262571661
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/2002
  • Series: Urban and Industrial Environments
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Gottlieb is Henry R. Luce Professor of Urban Environmental Studies at
Occidental College in Los Angeles. He is the author of Environmentalism
Unbound: Exploring New Pathways for Change
(2001), and
Reinventing Los Angeles: Nature and Community in the Global City
(2007), both published by the MIT Press, and other books.
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Table of Contents

Preface: Common Visions and Strategies for Change
I Breaking Boundaries 1
1 Environmentalism Bounded: Discourse and Action 3
2 Livable Regions and Cleaner Production: Linking Environmental Justice and Pollution Prevention 47
II Exploring Pathways 99
3 Dry Cleaning's Dilemma and Opportunity: Overcoming Chemical Dependencies and Creating a Community of Interests 101
4 Janitors and Justice: Industry Restructuring, Chemical Exposures, and Redefining Work 145
5 Global, Local, and Good Insecure: The Restructuring of the Food System 181
6 The Politics of Food: Agendas and Movements for Change 227
7 Pathways to Change: A Conclusion 273
Notes 289
Index 381
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