Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility (Paperback)Dorceta Taylor (author)
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From St.Louis to New Orleans, from Baltimore to Oklahoma City, there are poor andminority neighborhoods so beset by pollution that just living in them can behazardous to your health. Due to entrenched segregation, zoning ordinances thatprivilege wealthier communities, or because businesses have found the `paths ofleast resistance,' there are many hazardous waste and toxic facilities in thesecommunities, leading residents to experience health and wellness problems ontop of the race and class discrimination most already experience. Taking stock of the recent environmentaljustice scholarship, Toxic Communities examines the connections among residential segregation, zoning, and exposure toenvironmental hazards. Renowned environmental sociologist Dorceta Taylor focuseson the locations of hazardous facilities in low-income and minority communitiesand shows how they have been dumped on, contaminated and exposed.
Drawing on an array ofhistorical and contemporary case studies from across the country, Taylorexplores controversies over racially-motivated decisions in zoning laws,eminent domain, government regulation (or lack thereof), and urban renewal. Sheprovides a comprehensive overview of the debate over whether or not there is alink between environmental transgressions and discrimination, drawing a clearpicture of the state of the environmental justice field today and where it isgoing. In doing so, she introduces new concepts and theories for understandingenvironmental racism that will be essential for environmental justice scholars.A fascinating landmark study, ToxicCommunities greatly contributes to the study of race, the environment, andspace in the contemporary United States.
Publisher: New York University Press
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 581 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
"Dorceta Taylor, a distinguished scholar in the field of environmental sociology, has just published a book that contributes to research on environmental racism in the USA. In Toxic Communities, Taylor surveys long-standing debates in the field of environmental justice and identifies new theoretical and methodological directions for environmental justice researchers."-Urban Studies
"In this excellent assessment of multimethod research, Taylor brings a refreshing emphasis on nuance and accountability to the environmental justice discussion . . . provides a comprehensive, objective, and balanced portrait of environmental justice to date."-Choice
"Well-written and researched."-Olive Branch United
"....a survey of the environmental justice movement which has so crucially challenged white traditions of conservation and the pastoral images of land and ecology that are their hallmarks."-Art Journal
"Clearly and accessibly written, the book is well suited for a course on environmental justice, environmental sociology, urban studies, or race and ethnicity. It is an essential addition to conversations between environmental justice researchers on how best to move toward theorizing environmental injustices."-Social Forces
"Dorceta Taylor's book, Toxic Communities is an intellectually weighty book that elevates the discussion of environmental justice." "An intellectually weighty book that elevates the discussion of environmental justice." -Human Ecology
"In Toxic Communities,Dorceta Taylor tackles a vexing question: why don't people in contaminatedcommunities just move? This highly original book reframes the entire field ofenvironmental justice studies by urging us to focus on the social mechanismsbehind the scourge of environmental racism, which relegate people to thosespaces and make it nearly impossible for them to move out. Only when we cantarget those underlying mechanisms will there be any hope of securing ameaningful and lasting environmental justice. Rather than simply demonstratingthe fact that people of color are disproportionately exposed to environmental hazardsand accepting simple explanations for this phenomenon, Taylor goes to the heartof the matter and explores why and how environmental racism remains an enduringwound on the American social landscape. This is the first book to delve so deeplyand broadly into the debates concerning environmental racism. Toxic Communities will become the gold standardfor the field of environmental justice studies."-David Naguib Pellow,co-author of The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America's Eden
"Toxic Communities is the most comprehensive account to date of why certain communities host toxic facilities and why certain populations are more likely to live in close proximity to those facilities. Taylor not only forthrightly confronts the complex causal processes that shape the uneven distribution of environmental hazards, but she does so with a keen sensitivity to the vast differences among communities, their geographies and their histories. This book deepens our understanding of the phenomenon of environmental (in)justice and promises to be a standard-bearer in the field for a long time to come."-Sheila R. Foster,co-author of From the Ground Up