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Spaces of Environmental Justice

Ryan Holifield (Editor), Michael Porter (Editor), Gordon Walker (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-33245-2 May 2010 Wiley-Blackwell 272 Pages


In this cutting-edge volume, leading scholars examine a diverse range of environmental inequalities from around the world.
  • Shows how far the field has moved beyond its original focus on uneven distributions of pollution in the USA 
  • Considers the influence of critical geographical and social theory on environmental justice studies
  • Examines a range of possibilities for future research directions
  • Explores the challenges of investigating and pursuing environmental justice at a time of rapid economic and environmental change
Notes on Contributors.


1. Spaces of Environmental Justice: Frameworks for Critical Engagement (Ryan Holifield, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Michael Porter, City University of New York Graduate Centre; and Gordon Walker, Lancaster University).

Part I: Frameworks for Critical Environmental Justice Research.

1. Beyond Distribution and Proximity: Exploring the Multiple Spatialities of Environmental Justice (Gordon Walker, Lancaster University).

2. Actor-Network Theory as a Critical Approach to Environmental Justice: A Case against Synthesis with Urban Political Ecology (Ryan Holifield, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee).

3. Gendered Geographies of Environmental Justice (Susan Buckingham and Rakibe Kulcur both Brunel University).

4. Acknowledging the Racial State: An Agenda for Environmental Justice Research (Hilda Kurtz, University of Georgia).

Part II: Spaces for Critical Environmental Justice Research.

5. Digging Deep for Justice: A Radical Re-Imagination of the Artisanal Gold Mining Sector in Ghana (Petra Tschakert, The Pennsylvania State University).

6. Benevolent and Benign? Using Environmental Justice to Investigate Waste-Related Impacts of Ecotourism in Destination Communities (Zoë A. Meletis, University of Northern British Columbia and Lisa M. Campbell, Duke University).

7. Assembling Justice Spaces: The Scalar Politics of Environmental Justice in North-East England (Karen Bickerstaff, Durham University and Julian Agyeman, Tufts University).

8. Defining and Contesting Environmental Justice: Socio-Natures and the Politics of Scale in the Delta (Julie Sze, Jonathan London, Fraser Shilling, Gerardo Gambirazzio, Trina Filan, and Mary Cadenasso all University of California-Davis).