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Technoscience and Environmental Justice: Expert Cultures in a Grassroots Movement

Gwen Ottinger and Benjamin R. Cohen


Over the course of nearly thirty years, the environmental justice movement has changed the politics of environmental activism and influenced environmental policy. In the process, it has turned the attention of environmental activists and regulatory agencies to issues of pollution, toxics, and human health as they affect ordinary people, especially people of color. This book argues that the environmental justice movement has also begun to transform science and engineering, and presents case studies of technical experts’ encounters with environmental justice activists and issues, exploring the t ... More

Keywords: environmental policy, case studies, technical experts, regulatory agencies, universities, technical practices

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015790
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015790.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gwen Ottinger, editor

Benjamin R. Cohen, editor

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Part I Forging Environmentally Just Expertise

3 Toxic Transformations:

Jason Delborne, and Wyatt Galusky

4 Experts, Ethics, and Environmental Justice:

Rachel Morello-Frosch, Phil Brown, Julia Green Brody, Rebecca Gasior Altman, Ruthann A. Rudel, Ami Zota, and Carla Pérez

Part II Extending Just Transformations of Expert Practice

6 Invisible People, Invisible Risks:

Maria Powell, Jim Powell, Ly V. Xiong, Kazoua Moua, Jody Schmitz, Benito Juarez Olivas, and VamMeej Yang

8 Uneven Transformations and Environmental Justice:

Raoul S. Liévanos, Jonathan K. London, and Julie Sze