Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World / Edition 1

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Environmental activists and academics alike are realizing that a sustainable society must be a just one. Environmental degradation is almost always linked to questions of human equality and quality of life. Throughout the world,those segments of the population that have the least political power and are the most marginalized are selectively victimized by environmental crises. Just Sustainabilities argues that social and environmental justice within and between nations should be an integral part of the policies and agreements that promote sustainable development. The book addresses many aspects of the links between environmental quality and human equality and between sustainability and environmental justice more generally. The topics discussed include anthropocentrism; biotechnology; bioprospecting; biocultural assimilation; deep and radical ecology; ecological debt; ecological democracy; ecological footprints; ecological modernization; feminism and gender; globalization; participatory research; place,identity, and legal rights; precaution; risk society; selective victimization; and valuation.

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Editorial Reviews

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This book provides an integrated approach to the questions of sustainable development, environmental justice and equity.
Culture and Agriculture - Nicole M. Smith
Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World does a remarkable job of presenting the theories and challenges that exist practically and philosophically with regard to environmental and social justice and sustainability.
Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy
A thought-provoking argument links the chapters of this edited volume...

Just Sustainabilities contains enough interesting material to make this a useful introduction to the issues, and a worthwhile addition to reading lists, particularly for upper level undergraduate and graduate courses.

This book provides an integrated approach to the questions of sustainable development, environmental justice and equity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262511315
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: Urban and Industrial Environments
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 367
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Julian Agyeman is Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the coeditor of Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press) and other books.

Robert D. Bullard is Ware Professor of Sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University.

Bob Evans is Professor and Director of the Sustainable Cities Research Institute at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures and Boxes
List of Contributors
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Introduction: Joined-up Thinking: Bringing Together Sustainability, Environmental Justice and Equity 1
1 Environmental Space, Equity and the Ecological Debt 19
2 Neo-liberalism, Globalization and the Struggle for Ecological Democracy: Linking Sustainability and Environmental Justice 38
3 Inequality and Community and the Challenge to Modernization: Evidence from the Nuclear Oases 64
4 Social Justice and Environmental Sustainability: Ne'er the Twain Shall Meet? 83
5 When Consumption does Violence Can there be Sustainability and Environmental Justice in a Resource-limited World? 99
6 Race, Politics and Pollution: Environmental Justice in the Mississippi River Chemical Corridor 125
7 Identity, Place and Communities of Resistance 146
8 Environmental Justice in State Policy Decisions 168
9 Sustainability and Equity: Reflections of a Local Government Practitioner in Southern Africa 187
10 Mining Conflicts, Environmental Justice and Valuation 201
11 Women and Environmental Justice in South Asia 229
12 Maori Kaupapa and the Inseparability of Social and Environmental Justice: An Analysis of Bioprospecting and a People's Resistance to (Bio)cultural Assimilation 252
13 Political Economy of Petroleum Resources Development, Environmental Injustice and Selective Victimization: A Case Study of the Niger Delta Region in Nigeria 269
14 Environmental Protection, Economic Growth and Environmental Justice: Are They Compatible in Central and Eastern Europe? 289
15 The Campaign for Environmental Justice in Scotland as a Response to Poverty in a Northern Nation 311
Conclusion: Towards Just sustainabilities: Perspectives and Possibilities 323
Index 336
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