1st Edition

Resilience, Environmental Justice and the City

Edited By Beth Caniglia, Manuel Vallee, Beatrice Frank Copyright 2017
    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    Urban centres are bastions of inequalities, where poverty, marginalization, segregation and health insecurity are magnified. Minorities and the poor – often residing in neighbourhoods characterized by degraded infrastructures, food and job insecurity, limited access to transport and health care, and other inadequate public services – are inherently vulnerable, especially at risk in times of shock or change as they lack the option to avoid, mitigate and adapt to threats.

    Offering both theoretical and practical approaches, this book proposes critical perspectives and an interdisciplinary lens on urban inequalities in light of individual, group, community and system vulnerabilities and resilience. Touching upon current research trends in food justice, environmental injustice through socio-spatial tactics and solution-based approaches towards urban community resilience, Resilience, Environmental Justice and the City promotes perspectives which transition away from the traditional discussions surrounding environmental justice and pinpoints the need to address urban social inequalities beyond the build environment, championing approaches that help embed social vulnerabilities and resilience in urban planning.

    With its methodological and dynamic approach to the intertwined nature of resilience and environmental justice in urban cities, this book will be of great interest to students, scholars and practitioners within urban studies, environmental management, environmental sociology and public administration.

    1. Resilience, environmental justice and the city: an introduction BETH SCHAEFER CANIGLIA, BEATRICE FRANK AND MANUEL VALLÉE PART I: Theoretical frameworks  2. Critical environmental justice studies DAVID N. PELLOW  3. A framework for improving resilience: adaptation in urban contexts BRIAN MAYER  4. Revealing the resilience infrastructure of cities: preventing environmental injustices-in-waiting BETH SCHAEFER CANIGLIA AND BEATRICE FRANK  PART II: Practices  5. "There is just a stigma here": historical legacies, food justice, and solutions-based approaches toward urban community resilience TAMARA L. MIX, ANDREW RARIDON AND JULIE M. CROFF  6. Nurturing an acquiescence to toxicity: the state’s naturework in urban aerial pesticide spraying campaigns MANUEL VALLÉE  7. Water connections: output-based aid for the urban poor and the pursuit of water justice in Jakarta, Indonesia RITA PADAWANGI AND MANUEL VALLÉE  8. Ecological resilience and New York City’s water supply system: the role of adaptive governance in combating vulnerabilities SARAH E. BLAKE  PART III: Governance and policy  9. Rethinking the politics of water: risk, resilience, and the rights of future generations JOANNA L. ROBINSON  10. The pitfalls and promises of climate action plans: transformative adaptation as resilience strategy in US cities CHANDRA RUSSO AND ANDREW PATTISON  11. Resisting environmental injustice through socio-spatial tactics: experiences of community reconstruction in Boston, Havana, and Barcelona ISABELLE ANGUELOVSKI  12. Environmental justice initiatives for community resilience: ecovillages, just transitions, and human rights cities JACQUELINE PATTERSON AND JACKIE SMITH  13. Conclusion BEATRICE FRANK, BETH SCHAEFER CANIGLIA AND MANUEL VALLÉE


    Beth Schaefer Caniglia is the Director of the Sustainable Economic & Enterprise Development (SEED) Institute and Faculty Research Director in the College of Business and Economics at Regis University, USA.

    Manuel Vallée is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

    Beatrice Frank is the Social Science Specialist of Regional Parks, Capital Regional District of Victoria, Canada.

    Resilience, Environmental Justice and the City is a useful anthology for urban studies researchers and adds to the recent literature on resilient, just, and sustainable cities.

    Chandni Singh, School of Environment and Sustainability, Indian Institute for Human Settlements