Our Backyard: A Quest for Environmental Justice / Edition 1

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Our Backyard: A Quest for Environmental Justice is a collection of essays by local activists and nationally recognized scholars that deal with the history, status and dilemmas of environmental justice. These essays provide a comprehensive overview of social and political aspects associated with environmental injustices in minority and poor communities. In addition to focusing on the actions taken by communities and politicians in response to an actual or perceived environmental risk, the book also deals with the methodological challenges confronting environmental justice research. The book also looks at the future of the environmental justice movement with a discussion of the sustainability of environmental justice in a more conservative political climate. Our Backyardraises important questions that will engender considerable debate about environmental justice. It will provide a solid platform for dialogue between activists and policymakers or between teachers and students.

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This collection of essays provides a broad overview of the topic, including one contribution examining 'green imperialism' in the Third World. The essays are of consistently high quality, each addressing a different aspect of environmental justice. Extensive chapter notes; excellent bibliography. Essential.
This collection of essays provides a broad overview of the topic, including one contribution examining 'green imperialism' in the Third World. The essays are of consistently high quality, each addressing a different aspect of environmental justice. Extensive chapter notes; excellent bibliography. Essential.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742523630
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald R. Visgilio is professor of economics at Connecticut College and has spent nearly three decades teaching and working in the area of environmental and natural resource economics. Diana M. Whitelaw is assistant director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies at Connecticut College.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Environmental Hazards in Poor and Minority Communities Chapter 3 History and Issues of the Environmental Justice Movement Chapter 4 Environmental Justice and the Social Determinants of Health Chapter 5 Green Imperialism: Indigenous People and Conservation of Natural Environments Part 6 Empirical Research and Methodological Challenges Chapter 7 Burning and Burying in Connecticut: Are Regional Solutions to Solid Waste Disposal Equitable? Chapter 8 Risky Business? Relying on Empirical Studies to Assess Environmental Justice Part 9 Responses to Environmental Injustices Chapter 10 Syndrome Behavior and the Politics of Environmental Justice Chapter 11 Confronting Environmental Injustice in Connecticut Chapter 12 For the People: American Indian and Hispanic Women in New Mexico's Environmental Justice Movement Part 13 Prospects for the Future Chapter 14 In Pursuit of Healthy and Livable Communities Chapter 15 Three Political Problems for Environmental Justice

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