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Lessons in Environmental Justice

Lessons in Environmental Justice
From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter and Idle No More

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August 2020 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Lessons in Environmental Justice provides an entry point to the field by bringing together the works of individuals who are creating a new and vibrant wave of environmental justice scholarship, methodology, and activism. The 18 essays in this collection explore a wide range of controversies and debates, from the U.S. and other societies. An important theme throughout the book is how vulnerable and marginalized populationsthe incarcerated, undocumented workers, rural populations, racial and ethnic minoritiesbear a disproportionate share of environmental risks. Each reading concludes with a suggested assignment that helps student explore the topic independently and deepen their understanding of the issues raised.

Michael Mascarenhas
Part 1: Understanding Environmental Justice. Claims, Frames and Colonialism
Robert Bullard
Chapter 1: From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter
Stella Capek
Chapter 2: The Environmental Justice Frame
Kyle Powys Whyte
Chapter 3: Environmental Justice, Indigenous Peoples and Consent
Part 2: Environmental Justice Methodology
Paul Mohai
Chapter 4: Weighing the Evidence: Measuring Environmental Justice
Alissa Cordner, Phil Brown
Chapter 5: Science, Expertise, and Environmental Justice
Carolina Balazs, Rachel Morello-Frosch
Chapter 6: How Community Based Participatory Research Strengthens the Rigor, Relevance, and Reach of Science
J.M. Bacon, Kari Marie Norgaard
Chapter 7: Emotions of Environmental Justice
Part 3: Policy and Environmental Protection
Jill Lindsey Harrison
Chapter 8: Regulatory Culture: Racial Ideologies and the Fight for Environmental Justice within Government Agencies
Christina Faiver-Serna
Chapter 9: Toxic Entanglements: Race, Capital and Pollution in Southern California
Oday Salim
Chapter 10: Environmental Justice and the Law
Part 4: Environments of (In)Justice and Activism
George Lipsitz
Chapter 11: Fair Housing and Health: A Social Ecology Framework
Elizabeth Hoover
Chapter 12: For Tribal Peoples, Food Justice Requires Environmental Justice
Sarah Rios
Chapter 13: Poverty, Prisons, Pollution, and Valley Fever
Beth Rose MIddleton Manning, Kaitlin Reed & Deniss Martinez
Chapter 14: Becoming Storms: Indigenous Water Protectors Fight for the Future
Part 5: New Frontiers and Old Questions
Ingrid Waldron
Chapter 15: Narratives of Struggle and Resistance in the Fight Against Environmental Racism in African Nova Scotia Communities
Joao Costa Vargas
Chapter 16: Fantastic Pragmatic. The Enduring Effects of the 1993 Encounter Between Black Panthers and Black Brazilian Activists
Julian Agyeman, Stephen Zavestoski
Chapter 17: From Dumping to Displacement: New Frontiers for Just Sustainabilities
David Pellow
Chapter 18: Black Lives Matter as an Environmental Justice Challenge
Key features
Editor Michael Mascarenhas has been a champion of anti-racist and anti-colonialist scholarship, whose own body of work brings together concepts from critical race theory and environmental studies to cultivate knowledge that leads to to political activism.

The 16 essays in the volume were all written to be taught from and discussed in undergraduate classrooms. They address students who might have experienced environmental racism in their own lives; but also appeal to students from more privileged backgrounds, reminding them that racism is more than intentional and hostile acts between individuals.

The diverse contributors, both experienced professionals and early career scholars, represent a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including: Sociology, Urban and Environmental Planning, Public Health, Black Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Geography, and Environmental Law.

The opening essay by renowned scholar Robert D. Bullard lays out a historical foundation for understanding environmental justice from its roots in the modern civil rights movement to the current Black Lives Matter movement.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

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