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Neighborhood as RefugeCommunity Reconstruction, Place Remaking, and Environmental Justice in the City$
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Isabelle Anguelovski

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026925

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026925.001.0001

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Environmental Justice, Urban Development, and Place Identity

Environmental Justice, Urban Development, and Place Identity

(p.29) 2 Environmental Justice, Urban Development, and Place Identity
Neighborhood as Refuge

Isabelle Anguelovski

The MIT Press

This theoretical chapter reviews the role that environmental justice studies have played in unraveling the environmental inequalities faced by low-income populations and communities of color (including contamination, resource extraction, and waste transfer) as well as the tensions and conflicts that have arisen from them. It also examines the multifaceted roots of environmental injustices. Furthermore, this chapter is framed within the political economy of development in the city and explores the broader processes and actors that played central roles in the long-term environmental decay of marginalized neighborhoods and that residents and their allies resisted. Research in sociospatial segregation, inequalities, urban growth, right to the city, and spatial justice is particularly relevant for these issues. The second part of the chapter links traditional understandings of environmental justice with scholarship on place and place attachment and its analysis of the role that place and community play in historically distressed neighborhoods. It is a broader critique of existing studies of community organization for their lack of attention to place within the context of long-term environmental revitalization and justice in urban distressed neighborhoods. It finishes by highlighting the need to strengthen the nexus of environmental justice and place remaking in cities.

Keywords:   Racial and social environmental inequalities, Environmental revitalization and justice, Urban development and growth, Urban political economy, Place and place attachment

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