Environmental Injustices, Political Struggles: Race, Class and the Environment

Environmental Injustices, Political Struggles: Race, Class and the Environment

By: David E. Camacho (editor)Hardback

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In the United States, few issues are more socially divisive than the location of hazardous waste facilities and other environmentally harmful enterprises. Do the negative impacts of such polluters fall disproportionately on African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asian Americans? Environmental Injustices, Political Struggles discusses how political, economic, social, and cultural factors contribute to local government officials' consistent location of hazardous and toxic waste facilities in low-income neighborhoods and how, as a result, low-income groups suffer disproportionately from the regressive impacts of environmental policy. David E. Camacho's collection of essays examines the value-laden choices behind the public policy that determines placement of commercial environmental hazards, points to the underrepresentation of people of color in the policymaking process, and discusses the lack of public advocates representing low-income neighborhoods and communities. This book combines empirical evidence and case studies-from the failure to provide basic services to the "colonias" in El Paso County, Texas, to the race for water in Nevada-and covers in great detail the environmental dangers posed to minority communities, including the largely unexamined communities of Native Americans. The contributors call for cooperation between national environmental interest groups and local grassroots activism, more effective incentives and disincentives for polluters, and the adoption by policymakers of an alternative, rather than privileged, perspective that is more sensitive to the causes and consequences of environmental inequities. Environmental Injustices, Political Struggles is a unique collection for those interested in the environment, public policy, and civil rights as well as for students and scholars of political science, race and ethnicity, and urban and regional planning.Contributors. C. Richard Bath, Kate A. Berry, John G. Bretting, David E. Camacho, Jeanne Nienaber Clarke, Andrea K. Gerlak, Peter I. Longo, Diane-Michele Prindeville, Linda Robyn, Stephen Sandweiss, Janet M. Tanski, Mary M. Timney, Roberto E. Villarreal, Harvey L. White

About Author

David E. Camacho is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northern Arizona University.

Contents

Introduction / David E. Camacho 1 I. A Framework for Analysis 9 The Environmental Justice Movement: A Political Framework / David E. Camacho 11 The Social Construction of Environmental Justice / Stephen Sandweiss 31 II. Environmental Injustices 59 Race, Class, and Environmental Hazards / Harvey L. White 61 Environmental Racism in Southern Arizona? The Reality beneath the Rhetoric / Jeanne Nienaber Clarke and Andrea K. Gerlak 82 Race for Water? Native Americans, Eurocentrism, and Western Water Policy / Kate A. Berry 101 The Failure to Provide Basic Services to the Colonias of El Paso County: A Case of Environmental Racism? / C. Richard Bath, Janet M. Tanski, and Roberto E. Villarreal 125 III. Confronting Environmental Injustices 139 Environmental Justice and the Role of Indigenous Women Organizing Their Communities / John G. Bretting and Diane-Michele Prindeville 141 Environmental Injustices and Traditional Environmental Organizations: Potential for Coalition Building / Peter J. Longo 165 IV. Environmental Justice 177 Environmental Injustices: Examples from Ohio / Mary M. Timney 179 Bishigendan Akii: Respect the Earth / Linda Robyn and David E. Camacho 194 Environmental Ethics as a Political Choice / David E. Camacho 210 Contributors 225 Index 229

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780822322252
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780822322252
  • ISBN10: 0822322250

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