Defining Environmental Justice: Theories, Movements, and Nature

Paperback | April 5, 2009

byDavid Schlosberg

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This book will appeal to anyone interested in environmental politics, environmental movements, and justice theory. The basic task of this book is to explore what, exactly, is meant by "justice" in definitions of environmental and ecological justice. It examines how the term is used in both self-described environmental justice movements and in theories of environmental and ecological justice. The central argumentis that a theory and practice of environmental justice necessarily includes distributive conceptions of justice, but must also embrace notions of justice based in recognition, capabilities, and participation. Throughout, the goal is the development of a broad, multi-faceted, yet integrated notion ofjustice that can be applied to both relations regarding environmental risks in human populations and relations between human communities and non-human nature.

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This book will appeal to anyone interested in environmental politics, environmental movements, and justice theory. The basic task of this book is to explore what, exactly, is meant by "justice" in definitions of environmental and ecological justice. It examines how the term is used in both self-described environmental justice movements...

David Schlosberg is Professor and Chair in the Department of Political Science at Northern Arizona University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.56 inPublished:April 5, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199562482

ISBN - 13:9780199562480

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Table of Contents

Part One: Justice in Theory and Practice1. Defining Environmental Justice2. Distribution and Beyond: Conceptions Of Justice In Contemporary Theory And PracticePart Two: Movement Definitions of Environmental Justice3. Defining Environmental Justice in the United States4. Environmental Justice and Global MovementsPart Three: Doing Justice to Nature5. Justice to Nature 1: Distributive Approaches6. Justice to Nature 2: Incorporating Recognition, Capabilities, and ParticipationPart Four: Plurality, Reflexivity, and Engagement7. Justice and Plurality8. Ecological Reflexivity, Engagement, and Institutions: Implementing Environmental and Ecological Justice

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"Defining Environmental Justice should be required reading for anyone interested in understanding the environmental justice movement. David Schlosberg's careful, thoughtful study makes sense of the often perplexing notion of justice at the heart of the movement. Drawing on and extending recentinnovations in justice theory, he argues that the 'justice' of environmental justice is best understood not as a unitary concept but as a set of multi-layered, interconnected discourses encompassing distributive issues, recognition, participation and community functioning. He further makes theprovocative claim that this expansive, plural discourse of justice can usefully be applied to humans' relationship with nature itself. The result is a richly nuanced and insightful contribution to the literature on social movements, justice theory and contemporary environmentalism." --Kim Smith, Associate Professor of Political Science, Carleton College