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Transforming Environmentalism : Warren County, PCBs, and the Origins of Environmental Justice - Eileen McGurty

Transforming Environmentalism

Warren County, PCBs, and the Origins of Environmental Justice

Paperback Published: 1st September 2009
ISBN: 9780813546780
Number Of Pages: 204

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"Transforming Environmentalism" explores a moment central to the emergence of the environmental justice movement. In 1978, residents of predominantly African American Warren County, North Carolina, were that the state planned to build a land fill to hold forty thousand cubic yards of soil contaminated with PCBs from illegal dumping. They responded with a four-year resistance, ending in a month of protests with over 500 arrests from civil disobedience and disruptive actions.

Eileen McGurty traces the evolving approaches residents took to contest environmental racism in their community and shows how activism in Warren County spurred greater political debate and became a model for communities across the nation.

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"In sharp and penetrating prose, McGurty recounts the central role of Warren County, North Carolina, in the rise of the environmental justice struggle. She lifts the discussion above the class versus race debate and exposes the movement's progression from a fledgling local battle to a national movement that has influenced public policy." - Craig E. Colten, Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography, Louisiana State University"

List of Tables and Figuresp. vii
Prefacep. ix
The Significance of Warren Countyp. 1
Regulating Toxic Chemicals, PCBs, and Hazardous Wastep. 21
The Collective Action Frame of "Not in My Backyard"p. 50
Constructing Environmental Racism: Political Opportunities, Social Networks, and Collective Actionp. 81
The Environmental Justice Movement: Maturation and Limitationsp. 111
Warren County Revisitedp. 142
Epiloguep. 163
Notesp. 167
Indexp. 191
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ISBN: 9780813546780
ISBN-10: 0813546788
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 1st September 2009
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.31

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