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Resilience, Environmental Justice and the City

1st Edition

Edited by Beth Schaefer Caniglia, Manuel Vallee, Beatrice Frank


254 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City series

This series positions equity and justice as central elements of the transition toward sustainable cities. The series introduces critical perspectives and new approaches to the practice and theory of urban planning and policy that ask how the world's cities can become ‘greener’ while becoming more fair, equitable and just.

Routledge Equity Justice and the Sustainable City series addresses sustainable city trends in the global North and South and investigates them for their potential to ensure a transition to urban sustainability that is equitable and just for all. These trends include municipal climate action plans; resource scarcity as tipping points into a vortex of urban dysfunction; inclusive urbanization; "complete streets" as a tool for realizing more "livable cities"; the use of information and analytics toward the creation of "smart cities".

The series welcomes submissions for high-level cutting edge research books that push thinking about sustainability, cities, justice and equity in new directions by challenging current conceptualizations and developing new ones. The series offers theoretical, methodological, and empirical advances that can be used by professionals and as supplementary reading in courses in urban geography, urban sociology, urban policy, environment and sustainability, development studies, planning, and a wide range of academic disciplines.

To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan ([email protected], twitter: @BrennanRebecca1), or the Series Editors, Julian Agyeman ([email protected], twitter: @julianagyeman) and Stephen Zavestoski ([email protected]).

Julian Agyeman, Tufts University Boston-Medford, USA

Stephen Zavestoski, University of San Francisco, USA

Editorial Advisory Board:

Dr Antwi Akom, Professor & Founding Director, Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab, University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco State University, USA

Dr Jayne Engle, Director, Cities, McConnell Foundation, Adjunct Professor, McGill University, Canada

Dr Ayona Datta, King’s College London, UK.

Dr Jenia Mukherjee, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India 

Professor Cheryl Teelucksingh, Ryerson University, Canada

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
NATURE / Ecology
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy