1st Edition

Environmental Justice Key Issues

Edited By Brendan Coolsaet Copyright 2020
    364 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    364 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Environmental Justice: Key Issues is the first textbook to offer a comprehensive and accessible overview of environmental justice, one of the most dynamic fields in environmental politics scholarship.

    The rapidly growing body of research in this area has brought about a proliferation of approaches; as such, the breadth and depth of the field can sometimes be a barrier for aspiring environmental justice students and scholars. This book therefore is unique for its accessible style and innovative approach to exploring environmental justice. Written by leading international experts from a variety of professional, geographic, ethnic, and disciplinary backgrounds, its chapters combine authoritative commentary with real-life cases. Organised into four parts—approaches, issues, actors and future directions—the chapters help the reader to understand the foundations of the field, including the principal concepts, debates, and historical milestones. This volume also features sections with learning outcomes, follow-up questions, references for further reading and vivid photographs to make it a useful teaching and learning tool.

    Environmental Justice: Key Issues is the ideal toolkit for junior researchers, graduate students, upper-level undergraduates, and anyone in need of a comprehensive introductory textbook on environmental justice.

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    1. Introduction, Brendan Coolsaet

    2. A History of Environmental Justice: Foundations, Narratives, and Perspectives, Esme G. Murdock

    Part I: Defining and conceptualizing environmental justice

    3. Distributive Environmental Justice, Alice Kaswan

    4. Procedural Justice Matters: Power, Representation, and Participation in Environmental Governance, Kimberly R. Marion Suiseeya

    5. Recognition and Environmental Justice, Brendan Coolsaet and Pierre-Yves Néron

    6. Capabilities, Well-Being, and Environmental Justice, Breena Holland

    7. Latin American Decolonial Environmental Justice Approach, Iokiñe Rodriguez

    8. Degrowth and Environmental Justice: An alliance between two movements? Julien-Francois Gerber, Bengi Akbulut, Federico Demaria and Joan Martínez Alier

    9. Sustainability and Environmental Justice: Parallel Tracks or at the Crossroads? Julie Sze

    Part II: Issues of environmental justice

    10. Toxic Legacies and Environmental Justice, Alice Mah

    11. Biodiversity: Crisis, Conflict and Justice, Adrian Martin

    12. Climate Justice, Gareth A.S. Edwards

    13. Energy Justice, Rosie Day

    14. Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Justice: Perspectives on Scholarship and Activism in the Field, Kristin Reynolds

    15. Urbanisation: Towns and cities as sites of environmental (in)justice, Jason Byrne

    16. Water Justice: Blatant grabbing practices, subtle recognition politics, and the struggles for fair water worlds, Rutgerd Boelens

    Part III: Actors and subjects of environmental justice

    17. Racial Minorities in the United States: Race, Migration, and Reimagining Environmental Justice, Lisa Sun-Hee Park and Stevie Ruiz

    18. Gender Matters in Environmental Justice, Sherilyn MacGregor

    19. Labour Unions and Environmental Justice: The Trajectory and Promise of Just Transition, Dimitris Stevis

    20. Indigenous Environmental Justice: Anti-Colonial Action through Kin-Making, Kyle Whyte

    21. Justice Beyond Humanity, Steve Cooke

    Part IV: Future directions of environmental justice

    22. Critical Environmental Justic Studies, David Pellow

    23. Sustainable Materialism and Environmental Justice, David Schlosberg

    24. Mobilizing ‘Intersectionality’ in Environmental Justice Research and Action in a Time of Crisis, Giovanna Di Chiro



    Brendan Coolsaet is Associate Professor of Environmental Politics at ESPOL, the European School of Political and Social Sciences at Lille Catholic University, France.

    "Impressive in its disciplinary, geographical, and topical breadth, Environmental Justice: Key Issues examines the many meanings of justice inherent to the field. Written as an introductory text, it manages to present scholarship that is simultaneously accessible and cutting-edge. A tremendous contribution for all teachers and students of environmental justice."Professor Laura Pulido, Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies Department, University of Oregon

    "This is an excellent collection of writing about the foundations, diversity and future of environmental justice, as both a site of activism and academic research.  The range of authors is particularly impressive, spanning multiple disciplines, perspectives and contexts. For those studying environmental justice there is much in here that will inform and inspire."Professor Gordon Walker, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

    "Over the last decades, the study of environmental justice has become one of the most prominent fields in global sustainability governance. This timely new volume, carefully edited by Brendan Coolsaet, now brings together the Who’s Who of environmental justice scholarship for one of the first comprehensive reviews of all key issues at stake, covering the main concepts and issues and charting new research directions. The book is highly recommended for use in the classroom but also provides new insights and reflections for scholars and practitioners." Frank Biermann, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University