Polluted Promises: Environmental Racism and the Search for Justice in a Southern Town

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NYU Press, 2005 - Science - 275 pages
Association for Humanist Sociology 2007 Book Award co-winner

Julian Steward Award 2006 Runner-Up!

Over the past two decades, environmental racism has become the rallying cry for many communities as they discover the contaminations of toxic chemicals and industrial waste in their own backyards.

Living next door to factories and industrial sites for years, the people in these communities often have record health problems and debilitating medical conditions. Melissa Checker tells the story of one such neighborhood, Hyde Park, in Augusta, Georgia, and the tenacious activism of its two hundred African American families. This community, at one time surrounded by nine polluting industries, is struggling to make their voices heard and their community safe again.

Polluted Promises shows that even in the post-civil rights era, race and class are still key factors in determining the politics of pollution.
 

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Contents

You Can Run but You Cant Hyde
2
Raceing the Environment
14
Old Heads
36
In between the Tracks
40
Strange Fruit
70
From Promised Land to Poisoned Land
75
Foot Soldiers
105
Long Is the Struggle Hard Is the Fight
108
Crossing Murky Waters
153
No Progress without Struggle
182
Methods
192
Getting Involved
202
Notes
210
Bibliography
236
Index
262
Copyright

Staying on Board
149

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Melissa Checker is the Hagedorn Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of Polluted Promises: Environmental Racism and the Search for Justice in a Southern Town and co-editor of Sustainability in the Global City: Myth and Practice.

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