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Fracking the NeighborhoodReluctant Activists and Natural Gas Drilling$
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Jessica Smartt Gullion

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029766

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029766.001.0001

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Reluctant Activists

Reluctant Activists

(p.109) 5 Reluctant Activists
Fracking the Neighborhood

Jessica Smartt Gullion

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the phenomena of the reluctant activist. These are residents of an environmental sacrifice zone who became activists after coming to a realization that their health and wellbeing were being negatively impacted by environmental pollution. Included is the process of becoming a reluctant activist and the characteristics of this social group. This is followed by a discussion of social privilege and environmental justice, NIMBYism, and ecological and sexual ecological violence.

Keywords:   Reluctant activists, Environmental justice, Ecological violence, NIMBY, Rape metaphors, Fracking

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