Street Science: Community Knowledge and Environmental Health Justice / Edition 1

Street Science: Community Knowledge and Environmental Health Justice / Edition 1

by Jason Corburn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262532727

ISBN-13: 9780262532723

Pub. Date: 08/01/2005

Publisher: MIT Press

When environmental health problems arise in a community, policymakers must be able to reconcile the first-hand experience of local residents with recommendations by scientists. In this highly original look at environmental health policymaking, Jason Corburn shows the ways that local knowledge can be combined with professional techniques to achieve better solutions

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When environmental health problems arise in a community, policymakers must be able to reconcile the first-hand experience of local residents with recommendations by scientists. In this highly original look at environmental health policymaking, Jason Corburn shows the ways that local knowledge can be combined with professional techniques to achieve better solutions for environmental health problems. He traces the efforts of a low-income community in Brooklyn to deal with environmental health problems in its midst and offers a framework for understanding
"street science" -- decision making that draws on community knowledge and contributes to environmental justice.

Like many other low-income urban communities, the Greenpoint/Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn suffers more than its share of environmental problems, with a concentration of polluting facilities and elevated levels of localized air pollutants. Corburn looks at four instances of street science in Greenpoint/Williamsburg, where community members and professionals combined forces to address the risks from subsistence fishing from the polluted East River, the asthma epidemic in the Latino community, childhood lead poisoning, and local sources of air pollution. These episodes highlight both the successes and the limits of street science and demonstrate ways residents can establish their own credibility when working with scientists. Street science,
Corburn argues, does not devalue science; it revalues other kinds of information and democratizes the inquiry and decision making processes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262532723
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Series:
Urban and Industrial Environments
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
281
Sales rank:
390,849
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1Local knowledge in environmental health policy25
2Street science : characterizing local knowledge47
3Risk assessment, community knowledge, and subsistence anglers79
4Tapping local knowledge to understand and combat asthma111
5Lead poisoning and the discourse of local knowledge145
6The mapping of local knowledge173
7Street science : toward environmental health justice201

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