Environment and the People in American Cities, 1600s-1900s Disorder, Inequality, and Social Change

ISBN-10: 0822344513

ISBN-13: 9780822344513

Edition: 2009

Authors: Dorceta E. Taylor

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InThe Environment and the People in American Cities, 1600s1900s, Dorceta E. Taylor provides an in-depth examination of the development of urban environments, and urban environmentalism, in the United States over four centuries. Taylor focuses on the evolution of the city, the emergence of elite reformers, the framing of environmental problems, and responses to perceived breakdowns in social order. She demonstrates how social inequalities repeatedly informed the adjudication of questions related to health, safety, and land access and use. While many accounts of environmental history begin and end with wildlife and wilderness, Taylor shows that the city offers important clues to understanding the evolution of American environmental activism. Taylor traces the progression of several major thrusts in urban environmental activism, including the alleviation of poverty; sanitary reform and public health; safe, affordable, and adequate housing; parks, playgrounds, and open space; occupational health and safety; consumer protection (food and product safety); and land use and urban planning. At the same time, she presents a historical analysis of the way race, class, and gender shaped experiences and perceptions of the environment as well as environmental activism and the construction of environmental discourses. Throughout her analysis, Taylor illuminates connections between the social and environmental conflicts of the past and those of the present. She describes the displacement of people of colour for the production of natural open space for the white and wealthy, the close proximity between garbage and communities of colour in early America, the cosy relationship between middle-class environmentalists and the business community, and the continuous resistance against environmental inequalities on the part of ordinary residents from marginal communities.
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List price: $28.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 11/23/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.288

Figures, Tables, and Boxes
The Condition of the City
The Evolution of American Cities
Epidemics, Cities, and Environmental Reform
Reforming the City
Wealthy Urbanites: Fleeing Downtown and Privatizing Green Space
Social Inequality and the Quest for Order in the City
Data Gathering as a Mechanism for Understanding the City and Imposing Order
Sanitation and Housing Reform
Urban Parks, Order, and Social Reform
Conceptualizing and Framing Urban Packs
Elite Ideology, Activism, and Park Development
Social Class, Activism, and Park Use
Contemporary Efforts to Finance Urban Parks
The Rise of Comprehensive Zoning
Class, Race, Space, and Zoning in America
Land Use and Zoning in American Cities
Reforming the Workplace and Reducing Community Hazards
Workplace and Community Hazards
The Industrial Workplace
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