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Environmental Justice in Latin America : Problems, Promise, and Practice - David V. Carruthers

Environmental Justice in Latin America

Problems, Promise, and Practice

By: David V. Carruthers (Editor)

Paperback Published: 15th February 2008
ISBN: 9780262533003
Number Of Pages: 344
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Environmental justice concerns form an important part of popular environmental movements in many countries. Activists, scholars, and policymakers in the developing world, for example, increasingly use the tools of environmental justice to link concerns over social justice and environmental well-being. "Environmental Justice in Latin America" investigates the emergence of a distinctively Latin American environmental justice movement, offering analyses and case studies that examine both the promise and the limits of environmental justice in Latin America and the Caribbean--both as a rallying point for popular mobilization and as a set of principles for analysis and policymaking. After considering such conceptual issues as the connection between environmental conditions and race, trade, and social justice, the book presents a series of case studies. These studies focus first on industrial development, examining such topics as social tension over "megadevelopment" projects in Argentina and the concentrated industrial waste hazards of the export assembly plants on the U.S.-Mexico border, and then on the power and politics involved in land and resource use. Other chapters explore ecotourism, inequitable land distribution in Brazil, the ongoing struggle for justice and accountability over the former U.S. Navy bombing range in Vieques, Puerto Rico, and water policy in Chile, Bolivia, and Mexico. Taken together, the analyses and case studies suggest that environmental justice--which highlights both broader issues of global injustice and local concerns--holds tremendous promise as a way to understand and address environmental inequities in Latin America and elsewhere. Contributors: Henri Acselrad, David V. Carruthers, Jordi Diez, Katherine T. McCaffrey, Sarah A. Moore, Peter Newell, Tom Perreault, Carlos Reboratti, Reyes Rodriguez, Juanita Sundberg, Stefanie Wickstrom, Wendy Wolford, Michele Zebich-Knos

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"Finally, a reader on environmental justice in Latin America! This volume brings together fascinating cases from across the region on a range of environmental issues, written by leading experts in the field. Best of all, the work thoughtfully documents and conceptualizes the long history of struggles and injustices in the region which were never called 'environmental justice.' Where the phrase is being adopted, the authors describe how it is also being adapted, transformed, and re-born. This will be required reading in my courses, and I believe it will be pivotal in advancing international discussion on the issue."--J. Timmons Roberts, Professor of Sociology, and Interim Director, Environmental Science and Policy, The College of William and Mary -- J. Timmons Roberts "Finally, a reader on environmental justice in Latin America! This volume brings together fascinating cases from across the region on a range of environmental issues, written by leading experts in the field. Best of all, the work thoughtfully documents and conceptualizes the long history of struggles and injustices in the region which were never called 'environmental justice.' Where the phrase is being adopted, the authors describe how it is also being adapted, transformed, and reborn. This will be required reading in my courses, and I believe it will be pivotal in advancing international discussion on the issue." J. Timmons Roberts , Professor of Sociology, and Interim Director, Environmental Science and Policy, The College of William and Mary

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Popular Environmentalism and Social Justice in Latin Americap. 1
Environmental Justice in Latin America? Global and Conceptual Challenges
Tracing Race: Mapping Environmental Formations in Environmental Justice Research in Latin Americap. 25
Contesting Trade Politics in the Americas: The Politics of Environmental Justicep. 49
Grassroots Reframing of Environmental Struggles in Brazilp. 75
Industrial Development and Environmental Justice
Environmental Conflicts and Environmental Justice in Argentinap. 101
Waste Practices and Politics: The Case of Oaxaca, Mexicop. 119
Where Local Meets Global: Environmental Justice on the US-Mexico Borderp. 137
Environmental Justice in Mexico: The Penoles Casep. 161
Land, Resources, and Environmental Justice
Ecotourism, Park Systems, and Environmental Justice in Latin Americap. 185
Environmental Justice and Agricultural Development in the Brazilian Cerradop. 213
Popular Protest and Unpopular Policies: State Restructuring, Resource Conflict, and Social Justice in Boliviap. 239
The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Vieques, Puerto Ricop. 263
Cultural Politics and the Essence of Life: Who Controls the Water?p. 287
About the Contributorsp. 321
Series Listp. 323
Indexp. 325
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ISBN: 9780262533003
ISBN-10: 0262533006
Series: Urban and Industrial Environments
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 15th February 2008
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48

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