Power, Justice, and the Environment: A Critical Appraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement / Edition 1

Power, Justice, and the Environment: A Critical Appraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement / Edition 1

by David Naguib Pellow
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262661934

ISBN-13: 9780262661935

Pub. Date: 11/01/2005

Publisher: MIT Press

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

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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 structure. Finally, the book examines the effect of globalization on environmental inequality and how the EJM can address transnational environmental injustices.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262661935
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Series:
Urban and Industrial Environments
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
349
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1Power, justice, and the environment : toward critical environmental justice studies1
2A brief comparison of the civil rights movement and the environmental justice movement23
3The half-life of the environmental justice frame : innovation, diffusion, and stagnation37
4Mission impossible? : environmental justice activists' collaborations with professional environmentalists and with academics55
5Who wins, who loses? : understanding outcomes of environmental injustice struggles77
6The environmental justice movement : an activist's perspective91
7Race and power : an introduction to environmental justice energy activism101
8Food and justice : the critical link to healthy communities117
9Autonomy, equity, and environmental justice131
10Environmental justice and the legal system153
11The states' comprehensive approach to environmental justice171
12The health politics of asthma : environmental justice and collective illness experience185
13Whose environmental justice? : an analysis of the governance structure of environmental justice organizations in the United States205
14Collaborative models to achieve environmental justice and healthy communities219
15South African perspectives on transnational environmental justice networks253
16The pen is mightier than the sword : global environmental justice one letter at a time265
17Between economic justice and sustainability277
18The future of environmental justice movements293

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