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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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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Neighborhood as Refuge

Isabelle Anguelovski

The MIT Press

This chapter briefly presents the experience of refugees and youth engaged in The Food Project urban farm and greenhouse in Boston and sets the stage for exploring processes and dynamics that allow residents of historically marginalized neighborhoods to overcome long-term environmental degradation, trauma, and damage. It also argues for the importance of bringing in questions of loss, place, and community in urban environmental justice scholarship, which have been traditional overlooked. Last, it introduces the three neighborhoods around which this study is built: Dudley (a Capeverdean, West African, African American, and Latino neighbourhood) in Boston, CayoHueso (a traditionally Afro-Cuban neighbourhood) in Habana, and Casc Antic (a Latino, North African, and Pakistani neighbourhood) in Barcelona. It ends with an overview of the qualitative research design, data collection methods, data analysis techniques, and chapter and argument overview of the book.

Keywords:   Psychological and symbolic role of urban agriculture, Environmental justice at a crossroads, Comparative urban environmental justice studies, Qualitative Research, Neighborhood overview

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