1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice

Edited By Ryan Holifield, Jayajit Chakraborty, Gordon Walker Copyright 2018
    696 Pages
    by Routledge

    696 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice presents an extensive and cutting-edge introduction to the diverse, rapidly growing body of research on pressing issues of environmental justice and injustice. With wide-ranging discussion of current debates, controversies, and questions in the history, theory, and methods of environmental justice research, contributed by over 90 leading social scientists, natural scientists, humanists, and scholars from professional disciplines from six continents, it is an essential resource both for newcomers to this research and for experienced scholars and practitioners.

    The chapters of this volume examine the roots of environmental justice activism, lay out and assess key theories and approaches, and consider the many different substantive issues that have been the subject of activism, empirical research, and policy development throughout the world. The Handbook features critical reviews of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodological approaches and explicitly addresses interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, and engaged research. Instead of adopting a narrow regional focus, it tackles substantive issues and presents perspectives from political and cultural systems across the world, as well as addressing activism for environmental justice at the global scale. Its chapters do not simply review the state of the art, but also propose new conceptual frameworks and directions for research, policy, and practice.

    Providing detailed but accessible overviews of the complex, varied dimensions of environmental justice and injustice, the Handbook is an essential guide and reference not only for researchers engaged with environmental justice, but also for undergraduate and graduate teaching and for policymakers and activists.


    Ryan Holifield is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research interests include environmental justice policy and practice, social and political dimensions of urban environmental change, and stakeholder participation in environmental governance.

    Jayajit Chakraborty is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and Director of the Socio-Environmental and Geospatial Analysis Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso. His research interests are located at the intersection of hazards geography, health geography, and urban geography, and encompass a wide range of environmental and social justice issues.

    Gordon Walker is Professor of Environment, Risk, and Justice in the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, UK. His research focuses on environmental justice, sustainable energy transitions, and the dynamics of energy demand. Recent books include Environmental Justice: Concepts, Evidence, and Politics (Routledge 2012) and Energy Justice in a Changing Climate (2013).

    "Environmental injustice can only be redressed if activists, citizens, lawyers, governments and others have the concepts, mechanisms and tools to make the world a better place. This book is a one-stop-shop for anyone who wants an advanced introduction to environmental justice. It attends to the substantive, procedural and practical complexities involved while, through powerful argument and example, showing that injustices can and should be tackled from the local scale to the global."

    Professor Noel Castree, University of Wollongong, Australia

    "This impressive collection provides a comprehensive overview of Environmental Justice Studies with a stunning sweep of theoretical approaches that include critical race theory, social movement theory, political economy, feminist theory, science and technology studies, and political philosophy; diverse and creative methodological approaches; and a broad array of empirical topics and geographical contexts. In emphasizing the roots of environmental inequalities, diverse visions of justice, and various strategies for change, this essential resource will help scholars, students, activists, policymakers, and others help fight for and secure a more just world."

    Associate Professor Jill Lindsey Harrison, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder, USA