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Street Science: Community Knowledge and Environmental Health Justice
When environmental health problems arise in a community, policymakers must be able to reconcile the first-hand experience of local residents with recommendations by scientists. In this highly original look at environmental health policymaking, Jason Corburn shows the ways that local knowledge can be combined with professional techniques to achieve better solutions for ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published August 19th 2005 by Mit Press
(first published August 1st 2005)
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Jan 25, 2008 Steve rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Environmental Planners, Environmental Activists
Outlines a theory of "street science": wherein top-down science meets bottom-up community activism to better inform health and science evaluations/programs/projects, and then gives case studies of this approach taken from the Greenpoint/Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. The case studies cover environmental health issues and assessments surrounding urban fishermen, asthma, lead poisoning, and the location of waste transfer stations and incinerators. I enjoyed the author's advocating for a ...more
way more radical than anything i've read so far in public health school. briefly compares different approaches (like community based participatory research) and adds the street science approach of actually organizing communities in an environmental justice/health project. (whoa- imagine that) i wish he compared with a lil more depth. i also wish he didn't sell into the world view he is trying to challenge, so much, while creating a new one. some theory, contextualization, and 4 case studies of ...more