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Faces of Environmental Racism: Confronting Issues of Global Justice

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Racial minorities in the United States are disproportionately exposed to toxic wastes and other environmental hazards, and cleanup efforts in their communities are slower and less thorough than efforts elsewhere. Internationally, wealthy countries of the North increasingly ship hazardous wastes to poorer countries of the South, resulting in such tragedies as the disaster at Bhopal. Through case studies that highlight the type of information that is seldom reported in the news, Faces of Environmental Racism ...

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Overview

Racial minorities in the United States are disproportionately exposed to toxic wastes and other environmental hazards, and cleanup efforts in their communities are slower and less thorough than efforts elsewhere. Internationally, wealthy countries of the North increasingly ship hazardous wastes to poorer countries of the South, resulting in such tragedies as the disaster at Bhopal. Through case studies that highlight the type of information that is seldom reported in the news, Faces of Environmental Racism exposes the type and magnitude of environmental racism, both domestic and international. The essays explore the justice of current environmental practices, asking such questions as whether cost-benefit analysis is an appropriate analytic technique and whether there are alternate routes to sustainable development in the South.

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Editorial Reviews

Environmental Ethics
Westra and Wenz have provided an invaluable and long overdue anthology in which all essays . . . provide insights not available elsewhere. Faces is accessible, yet challenging, and should be required reading in environmental ethics and policy courses, and would be a valuable supplement in social, political, and ethnic studies courses as well. . . . [and] provides a compelling cultural mirror of environmental injustice from which we cannot turn away.
— Shari Collins-Chobanian, Unversity of Arizona, West
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Within the context of civil rights, the book clearly illustrates the role of environmental health and justice.
Angela Y. Davis
A compelling collection . . . [on] a global issue that demands our immediate attention.
Bernard Boxill
This wide-ranging collection of essays . . . is vivid and rigorous.
Environmental Ethics - Shari Collins-Chobanian
Westra and Wenz have provided an invaluable and long overdue anthology in which all essays . . . provide insights not available elsewhere. Faces is accessible, yet challenging, and should be required reading in environmental ethics and policy courses, and would be a valuable supplement in social, political, and ethnic studies courses as well. . . . [and] provides a compelling cultural mirror of environmental injustice from which we cannot turn away.
CHOICE
Within the context of civil rights, the book clearly illustrates the role of environmental health and justice.
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Meet the Author

Laura Westra is professor emerita of philosophy at the University of Windsor and the author or editor of numerous books, including An Environmental Proposal for Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield, 1994), Faces of Environmental Racism (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995), Perspectives on Ecological Integrity (Kluwer), The Greeks and the Environment (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997) and Technology and Values (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998). Bill Lawson is professor of philosophy at Michigan State University. Peter S. Wenz is professor of philosophy and legal studies at Sangamon State University.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Part I. Foundations Chapter 2 Decision Making Chapter 3 Environmental Justice: A National Priority Chapter 4 Living for the City: Urban United States and Environmental Justice Chapter 5 Just Garbage Part 6 Part II. Racism in North America Chapter 7 Africville: Environmental Racism Chapter 8 Evanston Community and Environmental Racism: A Case Study in Social Philosophy Chapter 9 The Faces of Environmental Racism: Titusville, Alabama, and BFI Chapter 10 Consent, Equity, and Environmental Justice: A Louisiana Case Study Part 11 Part III. Racism in Africa Chapter 12 The Political Economy of the African Environment Chapter 13 Somalia: Environmental Degradation and Environmental Racism Chapter 14 South Africa: Environmental Sustainability Needs Empowerment of Women

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