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Chronicles from the Environmental Justice Frontline

Chronicles from the Environmental Justice Frontline


  • Date Published: December 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521669009

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  • Chronicles from the Environmental Justice Frontline, first published in 1991, provides a rare glimpse of the environmental justice movement as it plays out in four landmark struggles at the end of the twentieth century. The book describes the stories of everyday people who have decided to take to the streets to battle what they perceive as injustice: the unequal exposure of minorities and the poor to the 'bads' produced by our industrial society. In these struggles residents and local, state, and national environmental and social justice groups are on one side pitted against local and state government representatives and industry on the other. By employing historical and theoretical lenses in viewing these struggles, the book reveals how situations of environmental injustice are created and how they are resolved. These cases bear great similarity to battles occurring across the nation, and are setting precedents for national and state agencies as they handle these cases.

    • Offers a fresh new perspective on environmental justice by chronicling four conflicts that occur within the same state at the same time
    • Matches theory and a description of actual events to give readers a comprehensive overview of the causes of environmental injustice
    • Demonstrates that one struggle may change policy and have a significant effect on all future struggles
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521669009
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 3 maps 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Environmental justice struggles in perspective
    2. Roots of environmental justice in Louisiana
    3. The Nation's first major environmental justice judgment: the LES Clairborne Uranium Enrichment Facility
    4. EPA's environmental justice test case: the Shintech PVC Plant
    5. Media savvy Cajuns and Houma Indians fight Exxon's oilfield waste in Grand Bois
    6. Stress and the politics of living on a superfund site - the agriculture street municipal landfill (with Amanda Leiker)
    7. The Empire Strikes Back: backlash and implications for the future
    First hand resources on environmental justice struggles: web sites
    Further readings.

  • Authors

    J. Timmons Roberts, Tulane University, Louisiana

    Melissa M. Toffolon-Weiss, University of Alaska, Anchorage

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