Environmental Justice in Latin America Problems, Promise, and Practice

ISBN-10: 0262533006

ISBN-13: 9780262533003

Edition: 2008

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Issues of environmental justice 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 Americainvestigates the emergence of a distinctively Latin American environmental justice movement, offering analysis 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 of the environment to 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. 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 Díez, Katherine T. McCaffrey, Sarah A. Moore, Peter Newell, Tom Perreault, Carlos Reboratti, Reyes Rodríguez, Juanita Sundberg, Stefanie Wickstrom, Wendy Wolford, Michele Zebich-Knos
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 2/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.69" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

David V. Carruthers is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at San Diego State University.

Introduction: Popular Environmentalism and Social Justice in Latin America
Environmental Justice in Latin America? Global and Conceptual Challenges
Tracing Race: Mapping Environmental Formations in Environmental Justice Research in Latin America
Contesting Trade Politics in the Americas: The Politics of Environmental Justice
Grassroots Reframing of Environmental Struggles in Brazil
Industrial Development and Environmental Justice
Environmental Conflicts and Environmental Justice in Argentina
Waste Practices and Politics: The Case of Oaxaca, Mexico
Where Local Meets Global: Environmental Justice on the US-Mexico Border
Environmental Justice in Mexico: The Penoles Case
Land, Resources, and Environmental Justice
Ecotourism, Park Systems, and Environmental Justice in Latin America
Environmental Justice and Agricultural Development in the Brazilian Cerrado
Popular Protest and Unpopular Policies: State Restructuring, Resource Conflict, and Social Justice in Bolivia
The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Vieques, Puerto Rico
Cultural Politics and the Essence of Life: Who Controls the Water?
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