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Garbage Wars : The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago - David Naguib Pellow

Garbage Wars

The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago

Paperback Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9780262661874
Number Of Pages: 254
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Co-winner of the 2002 C. Wright Mills Award, presented by the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) In "Garbage Wars," the sociologist David Pellow describes the politics of garbage in Chicago. He shows how garbage affects residents in vulnerable communities and poses health risks to those who dispose of it. He follows the trash, the pollution, the hazards, and the people who encountered them in the period 1880-2000. What unfolds is a tug of war among social movements, government, and industry over how we manage our waste, who benefits, and who pays the costs. Studies demonstrate that minority and low-income communities bear a disproportionate burden of environmental hazards. Pellow analyzes how and why environmental inequalities are created. He also explains how class and racial politics have influenced the waste industry throughout the history of Chicago and the United States. After examining the roles of social movements and workers in defining, resisting, and shaping garbage disposal in the United States, he concludes that some environmental groups and people of color have actually contributed to environmental inequality. By highlighting conflicts over waste dumping, incineration, landfills, and recycling, Pellow provides a historical view of the garbage industry throughout the life cycle of waste. Although his focus is on Chicago, he places the trends and conflicts in a broader context, describing how communities throughout the United States have resisted the waste industry's efforts to locate hazardous facilities in their backyards. The book closes with suggestions for how communities can work more effectively for environmental justice and safe, sustainable waste management.

"Pellow insightfully assesses the ability of those at the bottom of the heap to mount an effective resistance for environmental justice." - Jack Smith, Environment

Prefacep. vii
Waste, Politics, and Environmental Justicep. 1
A Social History of Waste, Race, and Labor, Part I: Movements, Technology, and Politics, 1880s-1930sp. 21
A Social History of Waste, Race, and Labor, Part II: Waste Management and Waste Conflicts, 1940s-2000p. 41
The Movement for Environmental Justice in Chicago and the United Statesp. 67
Working for the Movement: Recycling Labor at the Resource Centerp. 101
The Next Evolutionary Stage: Recycling Waste or Recycling History?p. 131
Toward Environmental Justicep. 161
Appendix: The Principles of Environmental Justicep. 171
Notesp. 175
Referencesp. 207
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780262661874
ISBN-10: 026266187X
Series: Urban and Industrial Environments
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35