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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

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(p.109) 5 Reluctant Activists
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Fracking the Neighborhood
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Jessica Smartt Gullion

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029766.003.0006

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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