Justice and the Environment: Conceptions of Environmental Sustainability and Theories of…

Paperback | September 1, 1998

byAndrew Dobson

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Environmental sustainability and social, or distributive, justice are both widely regarded as desirable social objectives. But can we assume that they are compatible with each other? In this path-breaking study, Professor Dobson, a leading expert on environmental politics, analyses thecomplex relationship between these two pressing objectives. Environmental sustainability is taken to be a contested idea, and three distinct conceptions of it are described and explored. These conceptions are then examined in the context of fundamental distributive questions such as: Among whom or what should distribution take place? What should bedistributed? What should the principle of distribution be? The author critically examines the claims of the `environmental justice' and `sustainable development' movements that social justice and environmental sustainability are points on the same virtuous circle, and concludes that radicalenvironmental demands are only incompletely served by couching them in terms of justice.

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Environmental sustainability and social, or distributive, justice are both widely regarded as desirable social objectives. But can we assume that they are compatible with each other? In this path-breaking study, Professor Dobson, a leading expert on environmental politics, analyses thecomplex relationship between these two pressing o...

Andrew Dobson is Professor of Politics at Keele University. From 1984-1987 he was a Postdoctorate Research Fellow at St John's College, Oxford

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198294956

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Social Justice and Environmental Politics2. Three Conceptions of Environmental Sustainability3. The Dimensions of Social Justice4. `Critical Natural Capital' and Social Justice (Part One)5. `Critical Natural Capital' and Social Justice (Part Two)6. `Irreversibility' and Social Justice7. `Natural Value' and Social JusticeConclusion

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`Justice and the Environment is invaluable both in clarifying the notoriously ambiguous concept of sustainability and in setting the parameters for future debate on this issue... essential reading not only for ethicists and political theorists but also for ecologists, environmentalists, socialjustice activists, policy makers, and citizens.'Peter F. Cannavo, Environment Vol.42 No.3