Corporate America increasingly relies on environmentally unsustainable forms of production, and not all Americans bear their costs equally. People of color are 47 percent more likely than whites to live near a hazardous waste facility. Fifty-seven percent of whites live in areas with poor air quality, compared to 80 percent of Latinos. Nationwide, nearly a thousand farm workers die of pesticide poisoning each year.
Illuminating manifold connections between the exploitation of nature and the exploitation of vulnerable communities, a new wave of grassroots environmentalism is building in the United States. Groups that have traditionally been at the periphery of mainstream environmentalismpoor people, working people, and people of colorare fusing the fight for a healthy environment with historical struggles for civil rights and social justice. This timely book brings together leading scholars and activists to provide an ecosocialist perspective on the goals, strategies, and accomplishments of the environmental justice movement, and to explore the emerging principles of ecological democracy that undergird it.
About the Author
Daniel Faber, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University and a co-founding editor of Capitalism, Nature, Socialism: A Journal of Socialist Ecology. A longtime social and environmental activist, Dr. Faber has published widely on the Central and North American environmental crises. He is the author of Environments Under Fire, CHOICE Magazine's 1993 Outstanding Academic Book of the Year on Latin America.
Table of Contents
Foreword, Carl Anthony
1. The Political Ecology of American Capitalism: New Challenges for the Environmental Justice Movement, Faber
2. Dying for a Living: Workers, Production, and the Environment, Levenstein and Wooding
3. Risk and Justice: Capitalist Production and the Environment, Field
4. Environmental Justice from the Grassroots: Reflections on History, Gender, and Expertise, Di Chiro
5. Popular Epidemiology and the Struggle for Community Health in the Environmental Justice Movement, Novotny
6. The Network for Environmental and Economic Justice in the Southwest: An Interview with Richard Moore, Almeida
7. The Limits of Environmentalism without Class: Lessons from the Ancient Forest Struggle of the Pacific Northwest, Foster
8. Remapping North American Environmentalism: Contending Visions and Divergent Practices in the Fight over NAFTA, Dreiling
9. Earth First! in Northern California: An Interview with Judi Bari, Bevington
10. Racism and Resource Colonization, Gedicks
11. Ecological Legitimacy and Cultural Essentialism: Hispano Grazing in the Southwest, Pulido
12. The "Brown" and the "Green" Revisited: Chicanos and Environmental Politics in the Upper Rio Grande, Peña and Mondragon-Valdéz
What People are Saying About This
Provocative....This book is of utmost importance, and should be read by everybody who is concerned about these issues. -- University of Michigan
Readers interested in environmentalism and social justice; community activists; students and professors of environmental studies, sociology, political science, and geography. Serves as supplemental reading in undergraduate or graduate-level courses.