Resisting Global Toxics: Transnational Movements for Environmental Justice / Edition 1

Resisting Global Toxics: Transnational Movements for Environmental Justice / Edition 1

by David Naguib Pellow
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262662019

ISBN-13: 9780262662017

Pub. Date: 09/30/2007

Publisher: MIT Press

Every year, nations and corporations in the "global North" produce millions of tons of toxic waste. Too often this hazardous material — inked to high rates of illness and death and widespread ecosystem damage — is exported to poor communities of color around the world. In Resisting Global Toxics, David Naguib Pellow examines this practice and

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Every year, nations and corporations in the "global North" produce millions of tons of toxic waste. Too often this hazardous material — inked to high rates of illness and death and widespread ecosystem damage — is exported to poor communities of color around the world. In Resisting Global Toxics, David Naguib Pellow examines this practice and charts the emergence of transnational environmental justice movements to challenge and reverse it. Pellow argues that waste dumping across national boundaries from rich to poor communities is a form of transnational environmental inequality that reflects North/South divisions in a globalized world, and that it must be theorized in the context of race, class, nation, and environment. Building on environmental justice studies, environmental sociology, social movement theory, and race theory, and drawing on his own research, interviews, and participant observations, Pellow investigates the phenomenon of global environmental inequality and considers the work of activists, organizations, and networks resisting it. He traces the transnational waste trade from its beginnings in the 1980s to the present day,examining global garbage dumping, the toxic pesticides that are the legacy of the Green Revolution in agriculture, and today's scourge of dumping and remanufacturing high tech and electronics products. The rise of the transnational environmental movements described in Resisting Global Toxics charts a pragmatic path toward environmental justice, human rights, and sustainability.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262662017
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/30/2007
Series:
Urban and Industrial Environments
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
358
Sales rank:
1,263,257
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Environment, Modernity, Inequality     1
Race, Class, Environment, and Resistance     37
Transnational Movement Networks for Environmental Justice     73
The Global Village Dump: Trashing the Planet     97
Ghosts of the Green Revolution: Pesticides Poison the Global South     147
Electronic Waste: The "Clean Industry" Exports Its Trash     185
Theorizing Global Environmental Inequality and Global Social Movements for Human Rights and Environmental Justice     225
Principles of Environmental Justice     245
Abbreviations and Acronyms     249
Notes     253
References     293
Index     325

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