Environmental Justice in the New Millennium: Global Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Human Rights

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jun 15, 2009 - Political Science - 283 pages
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Environmental Justice is one of the most important human rights challenge today. It combats the targeting people of color and poor people for the burdens of environmental degradation and pollution.  Case studies from various parts of the world explore themes that include: historical and theoretical perspectives on Environmental Justice; the persistence of models of domination, exploitation and discrimination; gender implications of environmental degradation; violence and militarization; corporate globalization, climate change and the tragedy of Katrina. The Environmental Justice Movement represents a combination of academic, political, legal and grass-roots activism against environmental and social injustices.

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FILOMINA STEADY is Professor and Chair of Africana Studies (Gender Studies and Environmental Justice) at Wellesley College, USA. She is a recipient of the Otelia Cromwell Distinguished Alumna award from Smith College and obtained her doctorate (D.Phil.) from Oxford University where she received the Ioma Evans-Pritchard Research Award. She has taught at several universities in the United States and in Africa. Her publications include the award-winning anthology, The Black Woman Cross-Culturally and two recent books, Women and Amistad Connection, and Women and Collective Action in Africa. She has served as a Director and Special Advisor to the United Nations in Vienna, Geneva, New York and Addis Ababa, and is a founding member of the Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD).

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