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The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice

Edited by Ryan Holifield, Jayajit Chakraborty, Gordon Walker

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670 pages | 32 B/W Illus.

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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.

Reviews

"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 EJ 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

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of tables

Notes on contributors

Acknowledgements

1 Introduction: the worlds of environmental justice

Ryan Holifield, Jayajit Chakraborty and Gordon Walker

Part I: SITUATING, ANALYSING AND THEORISING ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

2 Historicizing the personal and the political: evolving racial formations and the environmental justice movement

Laura Pulido

3 Social movements for environmental justice through the lens of social movement theory

Diane M. Sicotte and Robert J. Brulle

4 Environmental justice movements and political opportunity structures

David N. Pellow

5 Environmental justice and rational choice theory

William M. Bowen

6 The political economy of environmental justice

Daniel Faber

7 Feminism and environmental justice

Greta Gaard

8 Opening black boxes: environmental justice and injustice through the lens of science and technology studies

Gwen Ottinger

9 Procedural environmental justice

Derek Bell and Jayne Carrick

10 The recognition paradigm of environmental injustice

Kyle Whyte

11 A capabilities approach to environmental justice

Rosie Day

12 Vulnerability, equality and environmental justice: the potential and limits of law

Sheila R. Foster

13 Environmental human rights

Kerri Woods

14 Sustainability discourses and justice: towards social-ecological justice

Ulrika Gunnarsson-Östling and Åsa Svenfelt

PART II: METHODS IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE RESEARCH

15 Spatial representation and estimation of environmental risk: a review of analytic approaches

Jayajit Chakraborty

16 Assessing population at risk: areal interpolation and dasymetric mapping

Juliana Maantay and Andrew Maroko

17 Application of spatial statistical techniques

Jeremy Mennis and Megan Heckert

18 Historical approaches to environmental justice

Christopher G. Boone and Geoffrey L. Buckley

19 The ethics of embodied engagement: ethnographies of environmental justice

Kathleen M. de Onís and Phaedra C. Pezzullo

20 Storytelling environmental justice: cultural studies approaches

Donna Houston and Pavithra Vasudevan

21 Facilitating transdisciplinary conversations in environmental justice studies

Jonathan K. London, Julie Sze and Mary L. Cadenasso

22 Cumulative risk assessment: an analytic tool to inform policy choices about environmental justice

Ken Sexton and Stephen H. Linder

23 A review of community-engaged research approaches used to achieve environmental justice and eliminate disparities

Sacoby Wilson, Aaron Aber, Lindsey Wright and Vivek Ravichandran

24 Participatory GIS and community-based citizen science for environmental justice action

Muki Haklay and Louise Francis

PART III: SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE RESEARCH

25 Streams of toxic and hazardous waste disparities, politics and policy

Troy D. Abel and Mark Stephan

26 Air pollution and respiratory health: does better evidence lead to policy paralysis?

Michael Buzzelli

27 Water justice: key concepts, debates and research agendas

Leila M. Harris, Scott McKenzie, Lucy Rodina, Sameer H. Shah and Nicole J. Wilson

28 Environmental justice and flood hazards: a conceptual framework applied to emerging findings and future research needs

Timothy W. Collins and Sara E. Grineski

29 Climate change and environmental justice

Philip Coventry and Chukwumerije Okereke

30 Environmental justice and large-scale mining

Leire Urkidi and Mariana Walter

31 Justice in energy system transitions: a synthesis and agenda

Karen Bickerstaff

32 Transportation and environmental justice: history and emerging practice

Alex Karner, Aaron Golub, Karel Martens and Glenn Robinson

33 Food justice: an environmental justice approach to food and agriculture

Alison Hope Alkon

34 Environmental crime and justice: a green criminological examination

Michael J. Lynch and Kimberly L. Barrett

35 Urban parks, gardens and greenspace

Jason Byrne

36 Urban planning, community (re)development and environmental gentrification: emerging challenges for green and equitable neighbourhoods

Isabelle Anguelovski, Anna Livia Brand, Eric Chu and Kian Goh

37 Just conservation: the evolving relationship between society and protected areas

Maureen G. Reed and Colleen George

PART IV: GLOBAL AND REGIONAL DIMENSIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE RESEARCH

38 Free-market economics, multinational corporations and environmental justice in a globalized world

Ruchi Anand

39 Globalizing environmental justice: radical and transformative movements past and present

Leah Temper

40 Environmental justice for a changing Arctic and its original peoples

Alana Shaw

41 Environmental injustice in resource-rich Aboriginal Australia

Donna Green, Marianne Sullivan and Karrina Nolan

42 Environmental justice across borders: lessons from the US-Mexico borderlands

Sara E. Grineski and Timothy W. Collins

43 The dawn of environmental justice?: the record of left and socialist governance in Central and South America

Karen Bell

44 Urban environmental (in)justice in Latin America: the case of Chile

Alexis Vásquez, Michael Lukas, Marcela Salgado and José Mayorga

45 Environmental justice in Nigeria: divergent tales, paradoxes and future prospects

Rhuks T. Ako and Damilola S. Olawuyi

46 Sub-imperial ecosystem management in Africa: continental implications of South African environmental injustices

Patrick Bond

47 Environmental justice and attachment to place: Australian cases

David Schlosberg, Lauren Rickards and Jason Byrne

48 Environmental justice in South and Southeast Asia: inequalities and struggles in rural and urban contexts

Pratyusha Basu

49 Environmental justice in a transitional and transboundary context in East Asia

Mei-Fang Fan and Kuei-Tien Chou

50 Environmental justice in Western Europe

Heike Köckler, Séverine Deguen, Andrea Ranzi, Anders Melin and Gordon Walker

51 Environmental justice in Central and Eastern Europe: mobilization, stagnation and detraction

Tamara Steger, Richard Filcák and Krista Harper

Index

About the Editors

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).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI030000
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOC015000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography