Polluted Promises

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Overview

Association for Humanist Sociology 2007 Book Award co-winner

Julian Steward Award 2006 Runner-Up!

Over the past two decades, environmental racism has become the rallying cry for many communities as they discover the contaminations of toxic chemicals and industrial waste in their own backyards.

Living next door to factories and industrial sites for years, the people in these communities often have record health problems and debilitating medical conditions. Melissa Checker tells the story of one such neighborhood, Hyde Park, in Augusta, Georgia, and the tenacious activism of its two hundred African American families. This community, at one time surrounded by nine polluting industries, is struggling to make their voices heard and their community safe again.

Polluted Promises shows that even in the post-civil rights era, race and class are still key factors in determining the politics of pollution.

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Editorial Reviews

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Polluted Promises is a substantial accomplishment. It grounds the notion of environmental justice wonderfully in practical terms, in the theoretically sophisticated and empathetic examination of Hyde Park.”
-Adolph Reed, Jr.,author of Class Notes: Posing As Politics and Other Thoughts on the American Scene

“In this highly readable account . . . Checker has written a fine book. Assigned to students interested in urbanism, science and technology studies, race relations in the United States, environment, or social movements, the book is sure to spark thoughtful conversation.”
-American Anthropologist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814716571
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Checker teaches in the Department of Urban Studies, Queens College/CUNY. She is co-editor of Local Actions: Cultural Activism, Power, and Public Life. She is donating all of her proceeds from this book to the Hyde and Aragon Park Improvement Committee.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
One
You Can Run, but You Can’t Hyde
Two
Race-ing the Environment
Three
Old Heads
In between the Tracks
Four
Strange Fruit
From Promised Land to Poisoned Land
Five
Foot Soldiers
Long Is the Struggle, Hard Is the Fight
Six
Staying on Board
Crossing Murky Waters
Seven
No Progress without Struggle
Appendix A: Methods
Appendix B: Getting Involved
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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