In the first ever theoretical treatment of the environmental justice movement, David Schlosberg demonstrates the development of a new form of `critical' pluralism, in both theory and practice. Taking into account the evolution of environmentalism and pluralism over the course of the century, the author argues that the environmental justice movement and new pluralist theories now represent a considerable challenge to both conventional pluralist thought and the practices of the major groups in the US environmental movement. Much of recent political theory has been aimed at how to acknowledge and recognize, rather than deny, the diversity inherent in contemporary life. In practice, the myriad ways people define and experience the `environment' has given credence to a form of environmentalism that takes difference seriously. The environmental justice movement, with its base in diversity, its networked structure, and its communicative practices and demands, exemplifies the attempt to design political practices beyond those one would expect from a standard interest group in the conventional pluralist model.
`Contributes to the dialogue concerning education for social justice by extending that discussion to include another dimension to the theoretical debates (the environment) and the concerns for action (environmental action).' John Robinson, Environment Education Research, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2001 `This book should be of interest to environmental philosophers simply as a clearly presented and well-documented synthesis of recent work in political theory and of recent activism in the name of environmental justice. More than that, however, it raises a fundamental challenge to environmental philosophy as it has been practiced.' Robert Kirkman, Environmental Ethics, Vol.22 `fine book' Robert Kirkman, Environmental Ethics, Vol.22 bold study of the US environmental justice ... movement's philosophy. D.L. Feldman, Choice, Sept. 00.
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st March 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 16.05 x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.4