The Environmental Crusaders: Confronting Disaster, Mobilizing Community

The Environmental Crusaders: Confronting Disaster, Mobilizing Community

by Myron Peretz Glazer, Penina Migdal Glazer

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The Environmental Crusaders: Confronting Disaster, Mobilizing Community by Myron Peretz Glazer, Penina Migdal Glazer

The Environmental Crusaders highlights citizens in Israel, the former Czechoslovakia, and the United States who challenged serious ecological problems and demanded a safe environment and an accountable society. The men and women portrayed here confronted the threat of nuclear contamination, chemical waste and pollution, exposure to garbage and industrial refuse, untreated sewage, and other serious dangers. Drawing upon 140 interviews, Myron Peretz Glazer and Penina Migdal Glazer portray the personal transformation of those who moved from uninvolved residents to political activists working collectively to improve the quality of community life. In the process, they show how environmentalism is adapting to the new global economy.

An important feature of this book is its comparative approach. While the United States has a long tradition of environmental activism and a well-developed infrastructure to support environmental groups, Israel represents a society where security issues, economic development, and absorption of immigrants have superseded environmental concerns. A small group of early Israeli activists has recently been joined by others in forming a new and still fragile environmental movement. A parallel environmental group in the Israeli Arab community combines similar ecological concerns with a larger quest for equality and social justice. In a different national context, environmental dissidence has resulted in dramatic revolutionary change in Czechoslovakia. The book recounts the role of environmental activists in bringing down the Communist government in 1989 as well as post-Velvet revolutionary developments.

The Glazers argue that grassroots activists in all three countries have become the bedrock of an international social movement to expose and respond to environmental threats to their communities. Following on their pathbreaking work on whistle-blowers, the Glazers show the power of personal courage in the face of government and corporate bureaucracies that fail to meet our collective needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271017754
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 08/28/1998
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Myron Peretz Glazer is Professor of Sociology at Smith College.

Penina Migdal Glazer is Professor of History at Hampshire College.

Together they authored the highly acclaimed book The Whistleblowers: Exposing Corruption in Government and Industry (1989).

Table of Contents

Preface ix(4)
Introduction xiii
1 Maintaining a Democratic Society
2 Breaking the Bands of National Security Secrecy
3 Marching Along with Mothers and Children
4 Preserving the Farmland from Contamination
5 Protecting the Precious Natural Resources
6 The Courage of Ordinary People
Methodological Appendix: Tracking the Environmental Crusaders 183(12)
Notes 195(18)
Index 213

What People are Saying About This

Louis Clark

Governments fail to hold corporations accountable to their social responsibilities to the land and its inhabitants. But in nations throughout the world there are rays of hope as citizen crusaders have become guardians of the environment. This insightful and important book captures their heroic struggles. Through relentless efforts to preserve the environmental health of their communities, these modern-day heroes are saving our world. -- Government Accountability Project

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