Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago

Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago

by David Naguib Pellow
     
 

In Garbage Wars, the sociologist David Pellow describes the politics of garbage in Chicago. He shows how garbage affects residents in vulnerable communities and poses health risks to those who dispose of it. He follows the trash, the pollution, the hazards, and the people who encountered them in the period 1880-2000. What unfolds is a tug of war among social

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In Garbage Wars, the sociologist David Pellow describes the politics of garbage in Chicago. He shows how garbage affects residents in vulnerable communities and poses health risks to those who dispose of it. He follows the trash, the pollution, the hazards, and the people who encountered them in the period 1880-2000. What unfolds is a tug of war among social movements,government, and industry over how we manage our waste, who benefits, and who pays the costs.

Studies demonstrate that minority and low-income communities bear a disproportionate burden of environmental hazards. Pellow analyzes how and why environmental inequalities are created. He also explains how class and racial politics have influenced the waste industry throughout the history of Chicago and the United States. After examining the roles of social movements and workers in defining, resisting, and shaping garbage disposal in the United States, he concludes that some environmental groups and people of color have actually contributed to environmental inequality.

By highlighting conflicts over waste dumping, incineration, landfills, and recycling, Pellow provides a historical view of the garbage industry throughout the life cycle of waste. Although his focus is on Chicago, he places the trends and conflicts in a broader context, describing how communities throughout the United States have resisted the waste industry's efforts to locate hazardous facilities in their backyards. The book closes with suggestions for how communities can work more effectively for environmental justice and safe,sustainable waste management.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262661874
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Series:
Urban and Industrial Environments
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
523,149
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
1Waste, Politics, and Environmental Injustice1
2A Social History of Waste, Race, and Labor, Part I: Movements, Technology, and Politics, 1880s-1930s21
3A Social History of Waste, Race, and Labor, Part II: Waste Management and Waste Conflicts, 1940s-200041
4The Movement for Environmental Justice in Chicago and the United States67
5Working for the Movement: Recycling Labor at the Resource Center101
6The Next Evolutionary Stage: Recycling Waste or Recycling History?131
7Toward Environmental Justice161
AppThe Principles of Environmental Justice171
Notes175
References207
Index229

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