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The Environmental Justice Reader: Politics, Poetics, and Pedagogy
by Joni Adamson
From the First National People of Color Congress on Environmental Leadership to WTO street protests of the new millennium, environmental justice activists have challenged the mainstream movement by linking social inequalities to the uneven distribution of environmental dangers. Grassroots movements in poor communities and communities of color strive to protect neighborhood ...more
Hardcover, 395 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by University of Arizona Press
(first published November 1st 1902)
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I'm going to talk about Julie Sze's essay in this review, as it's the one I've used the most in my own work, and I think it encapsulates the Reader's strengths and weaknesses as a whole. What can literature offer to the environmental justice movement that its default mode—sociological analysis—cannot? This is the central inquiry of Sze’s article, as she makes a strong case for literature’s ability to liberate its readers from a “strictly documentary account” (163) of environmental injustice, and ...more