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Environmental Justice in Latin AmericaProblems, Promise, and Practice$
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David V. Carruthers

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033725

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033725.001.0001

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Where Local Meets Global: Environmental Justice on the US-Mexico Border

Where Local Meets Global: Environmental Justice on the US-Mexico Border

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Environmental Justice in Latin America

David V. Carruthers

The MIT Press

The U.S.–Mexico border region demonstrates significant inequalities in environmental justice prevailing between developing and developed countries. The residents of this region experience the benefits of a global superpower and the disadvantages of living in a developing country. These people experience environmental justice and the lack of it at the same time. The border region reveals significant features of a North–South divide in terms of environmental justice and global economic and cultural integration of citizens of two countries with distinctive cultural and traditional values. It demonstrates the different attitudes of the citizens of the two countries regarding the impact of urbanization on the environment and environmental justice. The residents of the region show distinct responses to environmental health and social concerns while debating and addressing the problem of waste management.

Keywords:   inequalities, environmental justice, cultural integration, traditional values, environmental health

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