Environmental Inequalities Beyond Borders Local Perspectives on Global Injustices

ISBN-10: 0262515873
ISBN-13: 9780262515870
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 4/4/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Multinational corporations often exploit natural resources or locate factories in poor countries far from the demand for the products and profits that result. Developed countries also routinely dump hazardous materials and produce greenhouse gas emissions that have a disproportionate impact on developing countries. This book investigates how these and other globalized practices exact high social and environmental costs as poor, local communities are forced to cope with depleted resources, pollution, health problems, and social and cultural disruption. Case studies drawn from Africa, Asia, the Pacific Rim, and Latin America critically assess how diverse types of global inequalities play out on local terrains. [These range from an assessment of the pros and cons of foreign investment in Fiji to an account of the work of transnational activists combating toxic waste disposal in Mozambique. Taken together, the chapters demonstrate the spatial disconnect between global consumption and production on the one hand and local environmental quality and human rights on the other.] The result is a rich perspective not only on the ways industries, governments, and consumption patterns can further entrench existing inequalities but also on how emerging networks and movements can foster institutional change and promote social equality and environmental justice.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Environmental Injustice Beyond Borders
Consumption and the Rise of Inequalities Beyond Borders
Spatial Justice and Climate Change: Multiscale Impacts and Local Development in Durban, South Africa
Learning from the Quest for Environmental Justice in the Niger River Delta
Foreign Investment and Environmental Justice in an Island Economy: Mining, Bottled Water, and Corporate Social Responsibility in Fiji
The Amplification of Inequality through International Donors and Institutions
Global Civil Society and the Distribution of Environmental Goods: Funding for Environmental NGOs in Ecuador
Environmental Justice, Values, and Biological Diversity: The San and the Hoodia Benefit-Sharing Agreement
Global Environmental Governance and Pathways for the Achievement of Environmental Justice
Networked Responses to Global Inequality
Governing and Contesting China's Oil Operations in the Global South
Resisting Environmental Injustice through Sustainable Agriculture: Examples from Latin America and Their Implications for U.S. Food Politics
Going Beyond the State to Strengthen the Rule of Law: Local Activists, Transnational Networks, and Gold Mining in Bulgaria
Politics by Other Greens: The Importance of Transnational Environmental Justice Movement Networks
Conclusion
Reflections on Environmental Inequality Beyond Borders
About the Contributors
Index

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