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The Promise and Peril of Environmental Justice - Christopher H. Foreman Jr.

The Promise and Peril of Environmental Justice

Paperback Published: 1st May 2000
ISBN: 9780815728771
Number Of Pages: 208

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Are we environmentally victimizing, perhaps even poisoning, our minority and low-income citizens? Proponents of environmental justice assert that environmental decisionmaking pays insufficient heed to the interests of those citizens, disproportionately burdens their neighborhoods with hazardous toxins, and perpetuates an insidious " environmental racism." In the first book-length critique of environmental justice advocacy, Christopher Foreman argues that it has cleared significant political hurdles but displays substantial limitations and drawbacks. Activism has yielded a presidential executive order, management reforms at the Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous local political victories. Yet the environmental justice movement is structurally and ideologically unable to generate a focused policy agenda. The movement refuses to confront the need for environmental priorities and trade-offs, politically inconvenient facts about environmental health risks, and the limits of an environmental approach to social justice. Ironically, environmental justice advocacy may also threaten the very constituencies it aspires to serve--distracting attention from the many significant health hazards challenging minority and disadvantaged populations. Foreman recommends specific institutional reforms intended to recast the national dialogue about the stakes of these populations in environmental protection.

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"The merit of Foreman's book is in terms of the questions that are engendered by his discussion of environmental justice... [Foreman's] questions underlie the daunting challenge confronting activists who seek to develop policies that promote environmental justice." --Gerald R. Visgilio, Conneticut College, Marine Resource Economics, no. 1, 2001

Originsp. 13
Evidencep. 18
Beyond Evidencep. 27
Initiatives: Groping for Justicep. 29
Passion and Compassionp. 36
The Challenge of Responsep. 39
The Power of Activismp. 41
Barnstorming and Brainstorming: EPA and Community Involvementp. 44
Public Involvement Outside the EPAp. 54
Legal Tools: Title VI and NEPAp. 56
Environmental Justice and the Politics of Inclusionp. 61
Two Approaches to Healthp. 68
True and False Alarmsp. 70
Intuition and Healthp. 84
Beyond Healthp. 88
Paths to Progressp. 93
Fields of Dreamsp. 94
Training Initiativesp. 100
The Trouble with Trainingp. 105
Uncertain Opportunityp. 107
Conceptual Drawbacks of Environmental Justicep. 115
Political and Policy Limitations of Environmental Justicep. 122
Achievements of Environmental Justicep. 126
Healthy and Livable Communities: Toward a New Dialoguep. 130
Appendix Ap. 137
Appendix Bp. 145
Notesp. 149
Indexp. 183
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ISBN: 9780815728771
ISBN-10: 0815728778
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st May 2000
Publisher: BROOKINGS INST
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.31

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