Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice / Edition 1

Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice / Edition 1

by Julie Sze
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262693429

ISBN-13: 9780262693424

Pub. Date: 12/01/2006

Publisher: MIT Press

Racial minority and low-income communities often suffer disproportionate effects of urban environmental problems. Environmental justice advocates argue that these communities are on the front lines of environmental and health risks. In
Noxious New York, Julie Sze analyzes the culture, politics, and history of environmental justice activism in New York

Overview

Racial minority and low-income communities often suffer disproportionate effects of urban environmental problems. Environmental justice advocates argue that these communities are on the front lines of environmental and health risks. In
Noxious New York, Julie Sze analyzes the culture, politics, and history of environmental justice activism in New York City within the larger context of privatization, deregulation, and globalization. She tracks urban planning and environmental health activism in four gritty New York neighborhoods: Brooklyn's
Sunset Park and Williamsburg sections, West Harlem, and the South Bronx. In these communities, activism flourished in the 1980s and 1990s in response to economic decay and a concentration of noxious incinerators, solid waste transfer stations,
and power plants. Sze describes the emergence of local campaigns organized around issues of asthma, garbage, and energy systems, and how, in each neighborhood,
activists framed their arguments in the vocabulary of environmental justice.Sze shows that the linkage of planning and public health in New York City goes back to the nineteenth century's sanitation movement, and she looks at the city's history of garbage, sewage, and sludge management. She analyzes the influence of race, family,
and gender politics on asthma activism and examines community activists' responses to garbage privatization and energy deregulation. Finally, she looks at how activist groups have begun to shift from fighting particular siting and land use decisions to engaging in a larger process of community planning and community-based research projects. Drawing extensively on fieldwork and interviews with community members and activists, Sze illuminates the complex mix of local and global issues that fuels environmental justice activism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262693424
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
12/01/2006
Series:
Urban and Industrial Environments
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
1,189,372
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger     1
What's Old Is New: Public Health and Planning as Historical Antecedents to New York City's Environmental Justice Activism     27
New York City Environmental Justice Campaigns: Stigma, Blight, and the Politics of Race and Pollution     49
Childhood Asthma in New York City: The Politics of Gender, Race, and Recognition     91
The Racial Geography of New York City Garbage: Local and Global Trash Politics     109
Power to the People? Deregulation and Environmental Justice Energy Activism     143
The Promise and the Peril or, Can Community-Based Environmental Justice Initiatives Reintegrate Planning and Public Health in the Urban Environment?     177
Conclusion: What We Can Learn from New York City Environmental Justice Activism     207
Notes     213
References     245
Index     269

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