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Diamond: A Struggle for Environmental Justice in Louisiana's Chemical Corridor

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  6 reviews
For years, the residents of Diamond, Louisiana, lived with an inescapable acrid, metallic smell -- the "toxic bouquet" of pollution -- and a mysterious chemical fog that seeped into their houses. They looked out on the massive Norco Industrial Complex: a maze of pipelines, stacks topped by flares burning off excess gas, and huge oil tankers moving up the Mississippi. They...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published February 17th 2006 by MIT Press (MA) (first published December 10th 2004)
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Shin Furuya
I liked it a lot. It's a great story telling through the community residents' testimonies + other stakeholders' testimonies such as local, national and international NGOs, individual activists, corporate officials + case analysis of environmental justice movement started out of a small community of Diamond in Louisiana's notorious 'chemical corridor'.



It's a valuable source of voices from the fenceline residents who became activists through their own experiences.



I also liked the fact that the au...more
Laura
The situation that Lerner documents and the story he tells are incredibly important, and deserve a much wider audience. But I feel his story would have been more persuasive if he had stopped trying so hard to put his spin on it, had stopped trying to convince us to take his side. The facts themselves are so persuasive that I'm not sure any compassionate, thinking individual could read an account of events in Louisiana's chemical corridor and NOT feel deep sympathy for the residents, and deep dis...more
sdw
Dec 16, 2007 sdw rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: environmentalists
Want to know a few more reasons why Shell sucks? Read this book.

The text provides a useful and remarkable case study of a contemporary struggle for Environmental Justice in Louisiana's "chemical corridor" or "cancer alley."

This is an engaging book for activists, and non-activists alike.

One of the things I enjoy about this book is the way it situates the struggle in the longer history of oppression and resistance - such as the massive slave rebellion that happened on the very grounds that the...more
Laura
Yet another book that I picked up and put down - and eventually will pick back up again - in my field you can only read so much before becoming perpetually pissed off or depressed. Those who want to hear the voices of those that have been screwed over in a fenceline community and are all about the grassroots, read it. Lerner has created an important piece of work. Also, be warned that if you are the knit-picky type, yes, the manuscript could have used another round of editing.
Alison
I wish this book had had the benefit of better editing. This is an important subject--the plight of minority and/or economically disadvantaged people living beside huge polluting factories. As in, how do you convince the outside world that you are really being hurt by this junk you are breathing, and you didn't choose to live this way? This is an inspiring story of the persistence of the human spirit against great odds, marred by repetitive and pedestrian reporting.
Elizabeth
Diamond's citizens are posterchildren for environmental justice issues.
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