Polluted Promises by Melissa Checker
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Polluted Promises
By Melissa Checker

Polluted Promises

Environmental Racism and the Search for Justice in a Southern Town

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Polluted Promises by Melissa Checker

Book Description

Association for Humanist Sociology 2007 Book Award co-winner Julian Steward Award 2006 Runner-Up! Over the past two decades, environmental racism has become the rallying cry for many communities as they discover the contaminations of toxic chemicals and industrial waste in their own backyards. Living next door to factories and industrial sites for years, the people in these communities often have record health problems and debilitating medical conditions. Melissa Checker tells the story of one such neighborhood, Hyde Park, in Augusta, Georgia, and the tenacious activism of its two hundred African American families. This community, at one time surrounded by nine polluting industries, is struggling to make their voices heard and their community safe again. Polluted Promises shows that even in the post-civil rights era, race and class are still key factors in determining the politics of pollution.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780814716588
ISBN-10: 081471658X
Format: Paperback
(5830mm x 3895mm x 18mm)
Pages: 275
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Melissa Checker

Melissa Checker teaches in the Department of Urban Studies, Queens College/CUNY. She is co-editor of Local Actions: Cultural Activism, Power, and Public Life. She is donating all of her proceeds from this book to the Hyde and Aragon Park Improvement Committee.

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