Power, Justice, and the Environment: A Critical Appraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement

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For almost 30 years, the environmental justice movement (EJM) has challenged the environmental and health inequities that are often linked with social inequities, calling attention to the disproportionate burden of pollution borne by low-income and minority communities. The successes of the movement have been celebrated, and the EJM's impact on the direction of environmental policy, research, and activism is widely acknowledged. But the literature on environmental justice lacks a real assessment of the movement's effectiveness. This book provides just such a critical appraisal, examining the EJM's tactics, strategies, rhetoric, organizational structure, and resource base. With chapters by both scholars and activists, the book links theory and practice with the aim of contributing to a more effective movement.

Power, Justice, and the Environment looks first at the progress, failures, and successes of the EJM over the years. A comparison with the Civil Rights movement draws some provocative conclusions. The book next focuses on the development of new strategies and cultural perspectives, considering, among other topics, alternative models for community mobilization and alternative organizational structures. Finally, the book examines the effect of globalization on environmental inequality and how the EJM can address transnational environmental injustices.

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"The environmental justice movement today is at a crossroads. This book's analysis of the movement's problems and potentials should make it into a stronger and more influential force for environmental change."—J. Craig Jenkins, Professor of Sociology and Political Science, Ohio State University, and Faculty Associate,Mershon Center for International Security

" Power, Justice, and the Environment is a noteworthy addition to the environmental justice discourse. Pellow and Brulle provide telling insights into the causes and persistence of environmental inequality in the U.S. and abroad and chart a course for the environmental justice movement in the new century." Robert D. Bullard, Clark Atlanta University, author of The Quest for Environmental Justice

"Pellow and Brulle offer a multisocket 'tool kit for an ecologically sustainable and socially just future.' The book's scope is impressive, analyzing the internal tensions of EJ movements as well as the coercions and seductions of them by national and global institutions." Allan Schnaiberg, Professor of Sociology and Faculty Associate, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University

"*Power, Justice, and the Environment* is a noteworthy addition to the environmental justice discourse. Pellow and Brulle provide telling insights into the causes and persistence of environmental inequality in the U.S. and abroad and chart a course for the environmental justice movement in the new century."—Robert D.

Bullard, Clark Atlanta University, author of *The Quest for Environmental Justice*

"Pellow and Brulle offer a multisocket "tool kit for an ecologically sustainable and socially just future." The book's scope is impressive, analyzing the internal tensions of EJ movements as well as the coercions and seductions of them by national and global institutions."—Allan Schnaiberg, Professor of Sociology and Faculty Associate, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University

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Meet the Author

David Naguib Pellow is Don A. Martindale Endowed Chair in Sociology at the University of Minnesota. Among his books are the award-winning Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago (MIT Press, 2002) and Power, Justice, and the Environment: A Critical Appraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement (coedited with Robert Brulle; MIT Press,2005.)

Robert J. Brulle is Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science in the Department of Culture and Communications at Drexel University. He is the author of Agency, Democracy, and Nature: The US Environmental Movement from a Critical Theory Perspective (MIT Press, 2000).

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Table of Contents

1 Power, justice, and the environment : toward critical environmental justice studies 1
2 A brief comparison of the civil rights movement and the environmental justice movement 23
3 The half-life of the environmental justice frame : innovation, diffusion, and stagnation 37
4 Mission impossible? : environmental justice activists' collaborations with professional environmentalists and with academics 55
5 Who wins, who loses? : understanding outcomes of environmental injustice struggles 77
6 The environmental justice movement : an activist's perspective 91
7 Race and power : an introduction to environmental justice energy activism 101
8 Food and justice : the critical link to healthy communities 117
9 Autonomy, equity, and environmental justice 131
10 Environmental justice and the legal system 153
11 The states' comprehensive approach to environmental justice 171
12 The health politics of asthma : environmental justice and collective illness experience 185
13 Whose environmental justice? : an analysis of the governance structure of environmental justice organizations in the United States 205
14 Collaborative models to achieve environmental justice and healthy communities 219
15 South African perspectives on transnational environmental justice networks 253
16 The pen is mightier than the sword : global environmental justice one letter at a time 265
17 Between economic justice and sustainability 277
18 The future of environmental justice movements 293
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