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Our backyard : a quest for environmental justice
Visgilio, Gerald Robert, 1941-
Publication Information:
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [2003]

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xvii, 223 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
History and issues of the environmental justice movement / Environmental justice and the social determinants of health / Green imperialism : indigenous people and conservation of natural environments / Burning and burying in Connecticut : are regional solutions to solid waste disposal equitable / Risky business : relying on empirical studies to assess environmental justice / Syndrome behavior and the politics of environmental justice / Confronting environmental injustice in Connecticut / For the people : American Indian and Hispanic women in New Mexico's environmental justice movement / In pursuit of healthy and livable communities / Three political problems for environmental justice
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Our Backyard: A Quest for Environmental Justice is a collection of essays by local activists and nationally recognized scholars that deal with the history, status and dilemmas of environmental justice. These essays provide a comprehensive overview of social and political aspects associated with environmental injustices in minority and poor communities. In addition to focusing on the actions taken by communities and politicians in response to an actual or perceived environmental risk, the book also deals with the methodological challenges confronting environmental justice research. The book also looks at the future of the environmental justice movement with a discussion of the sustainability of environmental justice in a more conservative political climate. Our Backyardraises important questions that will engender considerable debate about environmental justice. It will provide a solid platform for dialogue between activists and policymakers or between teachers and students.

Author Notes

Gerald R. Visgilio is professor of economics at Connecticut College and has spent nearly three decades teaching and working in the area of environmental and natural resource economics. Diana M. Whitelaw is assistant director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies at Connecticut College.

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From the first essay examining the history and issues of the environmental justice movement in the US to the final section on future prospects and challenges of solving political problems in providing healthy and livable communities, this collection of essays provides a broad overview of the topic, including one contribution examining "green imperialism" in the Third World. The essays are of consistently high quality, each addressing a different aspect of environmental justice. Authors include such names as Bunyan Bryant, director of the University of Michigan's Environmental Justice Initiative, and Christopher H. Foreman Jr., formerly of the Brookings Institute and now at the University of Maryland, College Park. Issues discussed include the definition of terms and research methodology, and the controversies arising from differing interpretations of these concepts are examined and debated in a balanced way, with reference to historical development and a minimum of polemical finger-pointing. Sustainable communities where environmental justice is served are referred to as "communities where both cultural and biological diversity are respected and highly revered and where distributed justice prevails." Extensive chapter notes; excellent bibliography. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels. S. E. Wiegand Saint Mary's College

Table of Contents

Gerald R. Visgilio and Diana M. WhitelawBunyan BryantVirginia Ashby SharpeManuel LizarraldeTimothy Black and John A. StewartPamela R. DavidsonHarvey L. WhiteMark Mitchell and Cynthia R. Jennings and James YoungerDiane-Michele PrindevilleEstelle Bogdonoff and Kathleen Cooper-McDermott and Kenny FoscueChristopher H. Foreman Jr.
Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. ix
Part I Environmental Hazards in Poor and Minority Communities
1 History and Issues of the Environmental Justice Movementp. 3
2 Environmental Justice and the Social Determinants of Healthp. 25
3 Green Imperialism: Indigenous People and Conservation of Natural Environmentsp. 39
Part II Empirical Research and Methodological Challenges
4 Burning and Burying in Connecticut: Are Regional Solutions to Solid Waste Disposal Equitable?p. 61
5 Risky Business? Relying on Empirical Studies to Assess Environmental Justicep. 83
Part III Responses to Environmental Injustices
6 Syndrome Behavior and the Politics of Environmental Justicep. 107
7 Confronting Environmental Injustice in Connecticutp. 125
8 For the People: American Indian and Hispanic Women in New Mexico's Environmental Justice Movementp. 139
Part IV Prospects for the Future
9 In Pursuit of Healthy and Livable Communitiesp. 161
10 Three Political Problems for Environmental Justicep. 181
Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 207
About the Contributorsp. 219