Environmental Justice and the New Pluralism: The Challenge of Difference for Environmentalism

Paperback | August 1, 2002

byDavid Schlosberg

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In the first ever theoretical treatment of the environmental justice movement, David Schlosberg demonstrates the development of a new form of 'critical' pluralism, in both theory and practice. Taking into account the evolution of environmentalism and pluralism over the course of the century,the author argues that the environmental justice movement and new pluralist theories now represent a considerable challenge to both conventional pluralist thought and the practices of the major groups in the US environmental movement. Much of recent political theory has been aimed at how toacknowledge and recognize, rather than deny, the diversity inherent in contemporary life. In practice, the myriad ways people define and experience the 'environment' has given credence to a form of environmentalism that takes difference seriously. The environmental justice movement, with its basein diversity, its networked structure, and its communicative practices and demands, exemplifies the attempt to design political practices beyond those one would expect from a standard interest group in the conventional pluralist model.

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In the first ever theoretical treatment of the environmental justice movement, David Schlosberg demonstrates the development of a new form of 'critical' pluralism, in both theory and practice. Taking into account the evolution of environmentalism and pluralism over the course of the century,the author argues that the environmental jus...

David Scholsberg is at Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Norther Arizona University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 8.5 × 5.35 × 0.58 inPublished:August 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part 1Pluralism and Difference: The Environmental ChallengeIntroduction: The Environmental Challenge to PluralismApproaches to Difference in the US Environmental Movement: Classification Schemes, Hegemonic Definitions, and Singular MotivationsPart IICritical Pluralism in TheoryPluralism and Difference: A Genealogy of MultiplicityComponents of a Critical Pluralism: Ethics and ProcessesPart IIIEnvironmental Justice: Critical Pluralism in PracticeThe Politics of Networking in the Grassroots Environmental Justice MovementCommunicative Practices and Communicative Demands in the Environmental Justice MovementPart IVConclusionEnvironmental Justice and the Prospects for a Critical Pluralism

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`David Schlosberg raises the issues of diversity, pluralism, and environmental politics in ways that compel attention. Careful and tightly argued, but also eloquent and readable, _Environmental Justice and the New Pluralism_ deserves a broad audience. While environmentalists have longunderstood that ecosystems thrive on diversity and require analytical and ethical frameworks to match, the metaphors have sometimes not been taken seriously enough in that other, stranger ecosystem - the social and political world. Schlosberg invites us to bridge the gap, to think politically aboutproblems and solutions that can only, ever be political.'Bill Chaloupka, Professor of Environmental Studies, The University of Montana