Debates over science, facts, and values are pivotal in the struggle for environmental justice. For decades, environmental justice activists have campaigned against the misuse of science, engaging in community-led citizen science that champions knowledge produced by and for ordinary people living with environmental risks and hazards. However, post-truth politics have threatened science itself. Toxic truths examines the relationship between environmental justice and citizen science, focusing on enduring issues and new challenges in a post-truth age.
The volume features a range of community-based participatory environmental health and justice research projects that seek to establish different ways of sensing, witnessing, and interpreting environmental injustice. From struggles in American hog country and contaminated indigenous communities, to local environmental controversies in Spain and China, this volume examines political strategies for seeking environmental justice. With international, interdisciplinary contributions from distinguished authors, emerging scholars and community activists, Toxic truths is essential reading for those seeking to understand the cutting edge of citizen science and activism around the world.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
'Toxic Truths highlights a myriad of threats facing our communities and ecosystems in this post-truth age, then pushes back and moves us forward with an array of examples of how ordinary people are democratizing science and knowledge production, and pursuing effective political action to tip the balance in favor of environmental justice movements across five continents. I am truly inspired by this powerful collection.'
David N. Pellow, Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of What is Critical Environmental Justice?
'This is a book about knowledge tactics and politics in efforts to address environmental injustice in settings around the world. It is both a great history and set of cases about environmental justice activism, and an inspiring, creative guide for future work.'
Kim Fortun, Professor and Chair of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine, and author of Advocacy after Bhopal: Environmentalism, Disaster, New Global Orders
'The contributors to this book have done a sterling job in problematizing how toxically exposed citizens, in the main, remain politically passive actors in the struggle for ecological justice in the posttruth age. Toxic Truths shows how this must now transformatively change: not just through having more citizen science, but having it in different social, political, and scientific forms that support more equitable forms of environmental justice; and not just in those affected communities, but the nonstate institutions that so often support the posttruths politics of the political elite.'
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