Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility

Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility


From St. Louis to New Orleans, from Baltimore to Oklahoma urban, there are bad and minority neighborhoods so beset by means of pollutants that simply residing in them could be unsafe in your overall healthiness. because of entrenched segregation, zoning ordinances that privilege wealthier groups, or simply because companies have discovered the ‘paths of least resistance,’ there are numerous harmful waste and poisonous amenities in those groups, top citizens to event well-being and wellbeing difficulties on most sensible of the race and sophistication discrimination such a lot already adventure. Taking inventory of the new environmental justice scholarship, Toxic Communities examines the connections between residential segregation, zoning, and publicity to environmental dangers. well known environmental sociologist Dorceta Taylor makes a speciality of the destinations of detrimental amenities in low-income and minority groups and exhibits how they've been dumped on, infected and exposed.

Drawing on an array of historic and modern case experiences from around the kingdom, Taylor explores controversies over racially-motivated judgements in zoning legislation, eminent area, govt legislation (or lack thereof), and concrete renewal. She presents a finished evaluate of the talk over even if there's a hyperlink among environmental transgressions and discrimination, drawing a transparent photograph of the kingdom of the environmental justice box at the present time and the place it truly is going. In doing so, she introduces new techniques and theories for knowing environmental racism that may be crucial for environmental justice students. a desirable landmark examine, Toxic Communities significantly contributes to the examine of race, the surroundings, and area within the modern United States.

Show sample text content

Download sample