1st Edition

Just Sustainabilities Development in an Unequal World

Edited By Julian Agyeman, Robert Bullard, Bob Evans Copyright 2003

    Environmental activists and academics alike are realizing that a sustainable society must be a just one. Environmental degradation is almost always linked to questions of human equality and quality of life. Throughout the world, those segments of the population that have the least political power and are the most marginalized are selectively victimized by environmental crises. This book argues that social and environmental justice within and between nations should be an integral part of the policies and agreements that promote sustainable development. The book addresses the links between environmental quality and human equality and between sustainability and environmental justice.

    Introduction: Joined-Up Thinking: Bringing Together Sustainability, Environmental Justice and Equity * Part 1 - Some Theories and Concepts: Environmental Space, Equity and the Ecological Debt * Neo-Liberalism, Globalization and the Struggle for Ecological Democracy: Linking Sustainability and Environmental Justice * Inequality and Community and the Challenge to Modernization: Evidence from the Nuclear Oases * Part 2 - Challenges: Social Justice and Environmental Sustainability: Ne'er the Twain Shall Meet * Part 3 - Cities, Communities and Social and Environmental Justice: When Consumption Does Violence: Can there be Sustainability and Environmental Justice in a Resource-Limited World? * Race, Politics and Pollution: Environmental Justice in the Mississippi River Chemical Corridor * Identity, Place and Communities of Resistance * Environmental Justice in State Policy Decisions * Part 4 - Selected Regional Perspectives on Sustainability and Environmental Justice: Sustainability and Equity: Reflection of a Local Government Practitioner in Southern Africa * Mining Conflicts, Environmental Justice and Valuation * Women and Environmental Justice in South Asia * Maori Kaupapa and the Inseparability of Social and Environmental Justice: An Analysis of Bioprospecting and a People's Resistance to Biocultural Assimilation * Political Economy of Petroleum Resources Development, Environmental Injustice and Selective Victimization: A Case Study of the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria * Environmental Protection, Economic Growth and Environmental Justice: Are They Compatible in Central and Eastern Europe? * the Campaign for Environmental Justice in Scotland as a Response to Poverty in a Northern Nation * Conclusion: Towards Just Sustainabilities: Perspectives and Possibilities * Index


    Julian Agyeman is Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University in the US. Robert D Bullard is Ware Professor of Sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University in the US. Rob Evans is Professor and Director of the Sustainable Cities Research Institute at Northumbria University in the UK.

    'A seminal achievement.' Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics 'This book provides an integrated approach to the questions of sustainable development, environmental justice and equity.' Oxfam 'A thought-provoking argument links the chapters of this edited volume... Just Sustainabilities contains enough interesting material to mae this a useful introduction to the issues, and a worthwile addition to reading lists, particularly for upper level undergraduate and graduate courses.' Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 'Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World does a remarkable job of presenting the theories and challenges that exist practically and philosophically with regard to environmental and social justice and sustainability.' Nicole M. Smith, Culture and Agriculture