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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.
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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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Table of Contents
List of figures
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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, Catalina 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
Filčák and Krista Harper
Index
... The history of environmental justice doctrine and movement is traced to the United States, where it served as a counterpoint to the discontent for racist government policies in the 1960s and 1970s (Ekhator, 2017). A plethora of studies highlight the inordinate burden of differential environmental harms on minorities (Bullard and Johnson 2002;Holifield, Chakraborty and Walker, 2018). Hence, environmental justice "is the first paradigm to link environment and race, class, gender and social justice in an explicit framework" (Taylor, 2000: p. 542). ...
... Moreover, public participation and consultation are central to the environmental justice struggle in industrialized countries, whereas in developing countries-especially resource-rich countries-access to or control of natural resources is fundamental to the environmental justice paradigm (Ekhator, 2017). Environmental justice entails considering how the governance architecture of environmental resources affects different individuals and groups, particularly the vulnerable and marginalized, whether changes to/within environmental governance institutions are considered fair by diverse stakeholders, and how human interests can be reconciled with environmental sustainability (Holifield, Chakraborty and Walker, 2018). ...
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This chapter focuses on the use of protests and the potential of reliance on litigation in improving access to environmental justice for women, particularly in the rural parts of the Niger Delta region, where there are significant environmental impacts from the operations of the oil and gas industry.
... The plurality of ways in which scholars understand environmental justice has been well-documented [37][38][39][40]. Here, we focus on what can be described as the five tenets of socio-environmental justice [17]. ...
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